Cops: Woman tried to rip off elderly tenants
A Bridgeport woman faces burglary and larceny charges after police said she stole money from elderly residents of the Sullivan-McKinney housing complex in February.
Hilda Young, 56, of Colorado Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged on a warrant Tuesday with second-degree burglary and second-degree larceny.
Young, who police said dressed as a nurse or nurse's assistant, was seen on surveillance video walking the halls at the housing complex for the elderly, trying apartment doors to see if any were open. She allegedly went into the room of an 86-year-old man who thought she was coming to assist him. As he got up to put in his hearing aids, the man told police, he saw Young go into the other room of his unit and take $50 from the pocket of a pair of pants.
Police later discovered that Young also approached other residents, claiming to be collecting money for a party for another resident. She collected about $50.
Young was not an employee of Sullivan-McKinney, police said.
"This case brings up another example of the fact that our elderly population is always at risk from people who look at them as easier targets," said Police Chief Gary MacNamara. "Based upon her actions, her intent was to take advantage of as many victims as she could."