Trio targets assisted living facilities for thefts - WKRN News 2

Trio targets assisted living facilities for thefts

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Courtesy: WATE-TV Courtesy: WATE-TV
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Three women are targeting assisted living facilities in Knoxville in order to get some extra cash.

Our sister station WATE-TV reported multiple senior-living homes have been hit around the area, and cameras finally captured the trio at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living on November 20.

The senior care counselor, Kathy Coffey, greeted the women when they entered the facility.

"They were very friendly," said Coffey. "It's just like so many of our families who come in. They seemed concerned about their grandmother."

The women reportedly asked if they could sit in the lobby and wait for other family members before taking a tour.

Coffey got up to use the restroom shortly after, which is when the three women made their move.

While she was gone, they went into an office around the corner and stole the Executive Director's credit cards and driver's license from her purse, leaving the cash behind.

Joy Hall said she didn't notice her belongings were missing until the next day.

"My credit card company called me that my credit card had been stolen and used," she said.

The women had spent $2,000 at a local Best Buy and over $6,000 at various other stores.

Hall notified other assisted living facilities.  Two others were visited by the trio.

The employees at Arbor Terrace felt it was important to let the community know about the thefts.

"I just hope they catch these people because the sad thing is we are not the only persons this has happened to," said Coffey.

Arbor Terrace officials said they are now locking their offices when they are not there, and making sure their purses are secured as well.  

*WATE-TV contributed to this report.

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