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90-year-old Elyria resident conned out of money by fake home care worker

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 12:44:09-05

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Elyria resident was allegedly swindled by a woman posing as home care worker who came into her home and removed money from her purse.

The incident happened on Jan. 31 on the 800 block of Delaware Avenue, according to an Elyria police report.

The report states the victim heard a knock at her door and, when she answered it, she was greeted by a woman wearing a brown jacket and carrying an orange bag. The woman identified herself as "Jamie" and said she was a home health care aide. The resident told police that the woman knew detailed information about her, including her name and medical history.

The worker told the resident she was there to check her bathtub for a handicapped shower chair. After looking in the bathtub, the worker initially said it would cost a $20 deposit to order a chair but then changed the price to $40. 

The victim paid the woman $40, the report said.

The woman told the resident she needed to check on another patient down the street and that she would return in a few minutes.

When the worker came back to the house a short time later, she said she needed to measure the resident's bathtub for the handicap seat.

The victim told authorities that after she let the worker back in her home, she was unable to keep up with her as she moved throughout the residence.

When the woman left, the resident discovered $30 missing from her purse. 

According to the police report, the worker is about 5-foot tall and weighs around 100 pounds. She had long hair that was pulled into a bun. The resident described the woman's face as being covered with pimples and that she had a "screechy" voice.

No arrests have been made.