Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 52-year-old female who is suspected of targeting the elderly in a series of thefts.
Catherine McAlinden, 52, is suspected of committing numerous thefts in seniors’ residential complexes throughout Edmonton and Strathcona County. The suspect reportedly uses the intercom system to gain entry into the building, then knocks on individual suite doors posing as a home care worker or visitor of another resident.
It is alleged that McAlinden asks to use the phone or for a drink of water in order to obtain access to the suite, then steals items such as cash, wallets, purses, bank cards and watches. She has also been known to ask for change for counterfeit $100 bills in order to pay for a taxi.
McAlinden’s victims are, on average, approximately 80 years old.
McAlinden is suspected to be involved in approximately 15 occurrences since March 29, 2018 throughout Edmonton and Strathcona County.
Police are working with property management at targeted seniors’ housing complexes to help ensure that tenants are advised of appropriate safety measures for admitting visitors.
“If you live in a condo or apartment-style complex, security is a team effort,” says Det. Daniel van den Berg. “Make sure you know who you are buzzing in, check through the peephole before answering your door, and remember that refusing to admit strangers is not rude, it’s safe.”
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of McAlinden is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
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