CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NBC Charlotte is learning of an alarming case of theft: targeting an elderly man.
The suspects stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from his room, according to the police report.
The 75-year-old man told police it happened during housekeeping at the Cypress retirement community. More than $300,000 of jewelry was stolen. Now, NBC Charlotte is asking experts what you can do to protect your loved ones.
At the entrance to the Cypress Retirement Community, a sign clearly indicates video surveillance is on campus. However, somehow someone was able to steal more than $300,000 worth of jewelry from a 75 year-old man.
“It’s terrible,” says Teresa, an employee at the retirement community.
The stolen items include a $15,000 watch, a $40,000 bracelet, and a $60,000 ring. The police report says the suspects were doing housekeeping.
Teresa says she’s in disbelief.
“(They’re) real cautious about who they hire, they do a background check,” says Teresa.
However, unfortunately suspects targeting the elderly is not uncommon. In fact, just last week a 64-year-old woman was robbed at an assisted living facility in north Charlotte. Last year, there were at least two cases of elderly people sexually assaulted at local facilities.
“Ultimately you want to visit the facilities, spend some time there,” says Page Castrodale, director of marketing and communications for the Better Business Bureau.
When looking for a retirement center for your family, the BBB also recommends choosing a company that’s accredited and checking their rating online first. The Cypress retirement community has an A+ rating, but is not accredited by the BBB.
“It’s always good to be accredited, it means your reputation is one people can trust,” says Castrodale.
“I hope it’s not true, but if it is it’s pretty bad,” says Teresa.
Management at the Cypress retirement community did not want to comment. NBC Charlotte also reached out to CMPD to see if there were any past incidents at that retirement center. So far, we have not heard back.