The Denver Post had an article recently about thieves dressing up as nurses to enter nursing homes and steal residents’ property. Nursing-home residents are being targeted by a ring of male thieves who pass themselves off as female nurses to gain entrance to senior- living facilities. The men enter the facilities wearing medical scrubs and then enter rooms and apartments and take credit cards. The thefts occur while the residents are eating meals or participating in other activities.
Since May, the thieves have struck at least 20 times, with losses from fraudulently used credit cards estimated at $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. So far, the Colorado investigation has focused on two individuals. One, Markinious Ketrell Hartfield, 28, was arrested last week in Colorado Springs and is out on bond. Hartfield was convicted of similar crimes in 2006 in Louisiana.