GLENDALE (CBS) — Police in Glendale are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say robbed several elderly residents of the Casa de la Paloma retirement home on South Kenwood Street.
The burglaries took place on Dec. 10, but police previously suspected it was an inside job. They are now releasing photos of the suspect, after none of their leads panned out.
The front door of the retirement facility requires visitors to be buzzed in. But on the morning of the burglaries, the suspect allegedly followed someone in through the back door.
Police say the suspect walked into half a dozen unlocked apartments, making off with cash, identification and jewelry. He even entered one room where the resident was asleep.
Family members of the facility’s residents are in shock at the brazen crime.
“I just can’t believe that people are so ruthless to come and try to steal from the elder people,” said Hilda Parseghian, whose 90-year-old father is a resident.
Parseghian says she tells her father to always lock his doors. “I think that the security should be more tight in here,” she said.
Paloma resident Henry Vardersian says the community has been put on notice.
“We got some letters about that incident,” said Vardersian. “So we are now ready.”
Investigators believe the suspect is between 50 and 60 years old, five-foot-seven to five-foot-nine inches tall, and 180 to 200 pounds. He has salt and pepper hair, with a receding hairline and a mustache.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact authorities.