Women accused in Okla. nursing home theft strike in Kansas

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Authorities in Oklahoma and Kansas are looking for two women who stole personal items from multiple nursing homes, two of which are in Kansas.

“How can you live with yourself?” Wheatland Nursing & Rehabilitation employee Shonna Leiker asked. “I mean how can you not have guilt stealing from elder people?”

Leiker said it was a typical Wednesday at the nursing home in Russell until she noticed two women roaming around the building dressed in scrubs.

“So when they came in and weren’t normal people, you ask them what they need, who are you here to see and things like that,” Leiker said. “And they couldn’t tell me.”

The women told Leiker they needed to use the restroom, but managed to steal an employee’s wallet during the seven minutes they were in the building until they were escorted out.

“I was watching them and kept asking what did you need,” Leiker said. “It got me off because they were in scrubs.”

Law enforcement in several states are asking for help identifying the two women.

Leiker said they are around 5’7 and 5’5 and are both African American.

She later found out a caucasian women was waiting in the car with them.

The type of vehicle is unkown. 

Officials said the women have stolen wallets and credit cards from numerous nursing homes in Oklahoma and Kansas, but Leiker said she’s heard more.

“I have friends in other nursing centers that said they’ve seen these two women,” she said. “I’ve heard Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.”

Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Department also reported the two women stealing wallets from Wilson Care & Rehabilitation Center two days later, on Jan. 25, 2019.

“We had just seen the post on the different nursing homes centers that had been victimized,” Ellsworth County Dispatcher Katie Nelson said. “When I showed it to my deputies, we are under the assumption that they are connected.”

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office shared information from one woman who said the “girls” stole her mother’s wallet from the Warr Acres Nursing home Jan. 25 and changed more than $7,000 on stolen credit cards.

The identities of the women remain a mystery, but law enforcement encourages anyone who may have information about the thefts to call the police.

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