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Men dressed as nurses steal from Denver-area seniors

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

Nursing-home residents in the Denver area are being targeted by a ring of male thieves who pass themselves off as female nurses to gain entrance to senior-living facilities, the Denver district attorney’s office warned today.

The men enter the facilities wearing medical scrubs and then enter rooms and apartments and take credit cards, which they use at large retail businesses such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, according to Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

The thefts occur while the residents are eating meals or participating in other activities, according to Morrissey.



Since May, the thieves have struck at least 20 times, with losses from fraudulently used credit cards estimated in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.

The Colorado cases are believed connected to a national crime ring, which has carried out similar thefts in Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Alabama.



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