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DANBURY Healer a stealer

November 9, 2018

DANBURY — Police are searching for a woman dressed in a nursing uniform who has been stealing from area assisted living facilities during the past week.

Chief Patrick Ridenhour confirmed Friday that detectives are investigating reports of a black woman dressed in pink and purple scrubs who visited at least two nursing homes in the city during the past week and stole items from purses.

The woman, who has yet to be identified, also apparently visited a nursing home in Ridgefield where she also reportedly stole items out of purses in the facility.

“It appears that the woman is wearing scrubs in an effort to blend in with the environment,” Ridenhour said.

Nursing outfits can be easily purchased online or at uniform stores throughout the region.

The issue of the nursing home bandit came to the forefront during a Thursday City Council meeting.

Councilman Ben Chianese, an accountant who works with Filosa Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hancock Hall, mentioned the incidents during comments at the end of the monthly meeting.

He said their team had been called and warned by the Glen Hill Center about the string of incidents.

Chianese was curious to ask the chief if the facility would have to pay to station an officer there during an active incident like that, but Ridenhour and Mayor Mark Boughton were only learning of the incident for first time during the meeting.

“We didn’t hear anything about it in our office,” Boughton said at the time.

Ridenhour noted that officers would of course respond to any active incident in the city, but added that if nursing homes wanted to station a police officer at their facility to provide security they would have to pay for the time.

He added that detectives quickly linked the crimes and are working with authorities in Ridgefield on the investigation.

Staff writer Zach Murdock contributed to this story.

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