Persons of interest in healthcare bandit scheme

These two women are persons of interest, not suspects, after they were seen using gift cards purchased with the victim's stolen credit card. 

The Port Allen Police Department is searching for a woman who posed as a healthcare worker to steal a 92-year-old Port Allen woman’s wallet on Sunday, April 27.

The thief spent approximately $3,000 purchasing gift cards in Denham Springs, Detective Briant Landry said. Those gift cards have been used “all over” since then.

The suspect dressed in scrubs and showed fake paperwork to convince the victim to show her around the home. She then left and returned a few minutes later, asking to use the restroom. The mobility-limited victim allowed her back inside, and after the suspect left the second time, the victim noticed her wallet missing from her purse.

The Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales Police Department reported “virtually similar” cases, with one dating as far back as three years ago, Det. Landry said.

Two women were spotted on surveillance footage using gift cards purchased with the Port Allen victim’s credit card. Both are persons of interests, not suspects, and wanted for questioning in the ongoing investigation.

If you have any information regarding this crime or the persons of interest, call the Port Allen Police Department at 225-343-5525.

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