The Harford County Sheriff's Office today announced the arrest of a 35-year-old Edgewood woman on multiple charges of first-, second- and third-degree burglary and theft of more than $500 from residents of assisted-living facilities.
Police charged Heidi Myers of 1958 Melvin Drive on May 26 after identifying her as a suspect in theft cases in Bel Air, Abingdon and Aberdeen, according to authorities.
Police began their investigation May 14 at the Parkview Nursing Home at 20 Box Hill South Parkway in Abingdon when Lethem Moses, 74, reported that her purse was stolen. Moses told deputies that, while in another room, she heard someone in her apartment. Her aide checked the room but saw no one, and Moses later discovered her purse was missing.
Six days later, Moses learned someone had used her credit cards, charging hundreds of dollars at the Bel Air Sears and Wawa stores, according to authorities. Police said store surveillance tapes and witness information identified Myers at both locations.
Deputies also responded to a call about a stolen wallet at the Parkview Nursing Home on May 20.
Lucille Wheeler, 79, told deputies she saw a woman she did not know leaving her apartment. Wheeler confronted the woman, who then took out a stuffed animal from her bag and said she went to the wrong apartment, according to police. The woman told Wheeler she was bringing a gift to someone she believed lived in the apartment.
Wheeler told deputies that she saw her wallet in the woman's bag and grabbed it before the suspect left the area. Wheeler also provided a physical description of the woman to police.
Investigators learned Myers also went to Parkview Nursing Home on May 12, when police said she was seen asking directions for a room on the fourth floor.
Mattie Hap, 87, a fourth-floor resident, reported that a small cosmetic bag was missing from her apartment after an unidentified woman confronted her in the living room. Police later identified the woman as Myers, who was stopped by deputies for acting suspicious near the nursing home in mid-April.
Several days later, she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
According to authorities, Myers was seen wearing clothing similar to that witnesses described. The theft victims also reported that the suspect had brown hair and no teeth. During her DWI stop, police recovered a dark-colored wig.
Myers is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $200,000 bail.
Police are investigating several similar theft cases in Bel Air and Aberdeen, and additional charges against Myers are pending. Authorities urged anyone with information about the cases to call 410-676-1717 or 410-836-5430.
June 14, 2005, 4:21 PM EDT