Suspect Arrested in Thefts from Assisted Living Facilities

(Harford County, Md) — Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Heidi Myers, 35, of 1958 Melvin Drive, Edgewood, charging her with multiple counts of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burglary and theft over $500 from residents of assisted living facilities. Myers was charged on May 26th after an investigation led to identifying her as the suspect in several cases in Bel Air, Abingdon, and Aberdeen.

Police began their investigation on May 14, 2005 when Ms. Lethem Moses, 74, of the Parkview Nursing Home at 20 Box Hill South Parkway in Abingdon reported to Deputy First Class Chris Rothlingshofer her purse was stolen. The victim, while being attended to in another room, believed she had heard someone in her apartment. Her aide checked but saw no one. Ms. Moses later discovered her purse was missing. On May 20th, Ms. Moses learned her credit cards had been used and several hundred dollars were charged at the (Bel Air) Sears Store and a WaWa store in Bel Air. Store surveillance tapes and witness information was used to identify Myers at both these locations.

On May 20th, deputies responded back to Parkview Nursing Home where they spoke with Ms. Lucille Wheeler, 79. Ms. Wheeler witnessed an unknown woman leaving her (Ms. Wheeler’s) apartment. When she confronted the woman, the suspect produced a stuffed animal claiming she was bringing a gift to someone and she believed she was at the wrong apartment. Ms. Wheeler saw that the suspect had her wallet in the same bag as the stuffed animal. Ms. Wheeler grabbed her wallet and the suspect left the area. Ms. Wheeler provided a physical description of the woman to police.

As police furthered their investigation they learned Myers was at Parkview Nursing home on May 12th when she was observed asking directions for a room on the fourth floor. Later, Ms. Mattie Hap, 87, who resided on the 4th floor reported a small cosmetic bag missing from her apartment after an unknown female later identified as Myers entered Haps’s apartment and confronted her in the living room. Police also learned Myers had been stopped by deputies for acting suspicious near the nursing home in mid-April and several days after that she was arrested for DWI. On these occasion Myers had clothing similar in description to what was provided by witnesses. Victims had also reported the suspect as having brown hair and having no teeth. During her DWI stop, a dark colored hair wig was recovered from Myers car and Myers has no teeth.

Currently, police are investigating several similar cases in Bel Air and Aberdeen and additional charges are pending. Myers is incarcerated in the Harford County Detention Center in lieu at $200,000. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Deputy Rothlingshofer at 410-676-1717 or Detective Phil Golden at 410-836-5430.