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Cary police: Two women posing as nursing assistants to steal from elderly

Posted July 24, 2015 7:55 a.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2015 8:01 a.m. EDT

— Cary police are asking for the public's help to identify two women who have posed as nursing assistants in order to steal jewelry from residents at two retirement communities.

The first thefts happened July 4 at Cary Senior Living, at 720 SE Cary Parkway, while the second incident happened July 11 at SearStone, at 17001 Searstone Drive.

In both cases, police say the women entered the care centers wearing scrubs and went door-to-door checking for unlocked apartments. Neither woman wore any official identification, and residents said they were polite and friendly. Police said the jewelry taken is valued in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Police released surveillance photos and video Friday showing the two women inside the centers. One woman is described as 25 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 1 and 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build and dark hair. Her hair was pulled into a ponytail and she wore sunglasses on her head.

The second woman was also between 5 feet 1 and 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build. She was between 45 and 55 years old and wore a conductor-style hat with glasses. Police said she spoke with a heavy accent.

“Never hesitate to ask for proper identification from anyone in the service industry, and always keep your valuables locked up and out of plain view regardless of where you live,” Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said in a statement.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes.