Two women were arrested Friday after police said they posed as nurses to gain access to the home of an elderly disabled man and then stole his credit cards.
Police said Christina Amaya, 29, and Elizabeth Marks, 46, were arrested while trying to use one of the man's stolen credit cards at a JCPenney store. They also targeted another female victim in Galt, Cpl. Dale Eubanks wrote in a news release.
Police believe Amaya and Marks targeted elderly victims in mobile home parks. In the case with the elderly, disabled man, they introduced themselves as from "the hospital" and were dressed in hospital scrubs, Eubanks wrote. They said they were sent to check on the man, and one of them had an identification card from a local hospital, police said.
When the man let the women into his house, they quickly stole his wallet and credit cards and left, police said. The victim immediately called the police and his credit card companies when he noticed they were missing.
Police went to the man's house to investigate, and while they were there, the credit card company called and said the card was being used at Kohl's department store.
Officers went to the store, but missed the suspects. The credit card company then called again and directed police to JCPenney in Lodi.
Police arrested Amaya and Marks as they were about to make a second large purchase with the man's credit cards, Eubanks wrote.
Amaya and Marks were charged with burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, forgery, and felonious use of a credit cars. Marks also had an outstanding felony warrant.
Marks is currently unemployed, police said, but Amaya was in a training program with a Sutter General Hospital to be a unit secretary.
Anyone who believes they were victims of Amaya and Marks should call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or contact their local law enforcement agency.