Police release suspect description following seniors residence break-ins

Dec 16 2019, 3:27 pm

Police are warning the public after a series of break-ins have occurred in downtown Edmonton seniors residences since December 2, 2019.

According to a release from Edmonton Police Service, “it’s believed that the suspect has committed five separate break-ins and has made several other attempts to gain access to facilities.”

Police say that the suspect is posing as a maintenance worker or security guard to gain access to suites while residents are at home.

“The suspect convinces the resident that he’s there to do work or check on things. He then distracts the resident and proceeds to steal their valuables in the room,” said the release.

According to police, the suspect is described as a tall white male, clean shaven, between 30 and 40 years old, dressed in maintenance-worker-type clothing.

“We want to remind seniors to not allow anyone they don’t know into their building or suite. They can check with the front desk staff in their facility to confirm if someone was called out to their suite and report any suspicious person to building management,” says Const. Megan Holmes of Downtown Division.

“We also want them to remember to please keep the doors to their suite locked at all times.”

Police are continuing to investigate this matter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the EPS.