Police look for woman in assisted living home burglaries

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The staff at Hefner Mansions said they pride themselves on running a clean and spacious facility.

"We're proactive in trying to keep our seniors safe and as least restrictive as we can and still keep their independence," executive director Melva Noakes said.

That's why she and other staff members are frustrated over a woman they say slipped into the building in mid July.

They caught the woman on camera and said she searched for an unlocked apartment and stole a resident's wallet as that resident hollered for help.

"As the lady passed by us, we didn't realize what had happened," Noakes said.

Police said it's a crime that sounds very similar to a rash of others all around the metro.

"The M.O. is very similar, the descriptions are very similar, so that is certainly something that our detectives are looking at," OKC Police Msgt.Gary Knight said.

While police hunt for the woman, staff members at Hefner Mansions said they are taking new steps and changing security so this can't happen again.

"When you're targeted and when you're hit, it really makes you feel threatened, you know, because it's your territory and you really don't want those things happening to your residents that are in your room," Noakes said.

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