Police investigate string of thefts at Mesa senior center


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:04 AM

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MESA, Ariz. -- Police investigating a string of thefts at a senior living center in Mesa are asking for the public's help to identify two people who reportedly used a victim's credit card.

Approximately 27 thefts were reported at Fellowship Square near Main Street and Power Road last year, according to Sgt. Darren Burch with Silent Witness. The elderly victims said jewelry, cash and credit cards were taken.

There was no evidence of forced entry, leading investigators to suspect that a current or past employee may have used a key to gain access to the separate residences.

The estimated total loss of property and cash is valued at $50,000.

In one case, a credit card was fraudulently used by two suspects purchasing items at a Walmart store in Gilbert. Investigators obtained surveillance video and hope the public can help identify the man and woman.

The female suspect is described as white or Hispanic and 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall. She had two boys, ages 8 to 10, with her. Police do not have a description of the male suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.