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Home-care worker charged with theft

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A 50-year-old home-care worker is accused of stealing purses from elderly residents in Russell, Foxwarren, the RM Silver Creek and St. Lazare.

RCMP allege the Binscarth woman is responsible for several break-and-enters and thefts between Sept. 20 and 23.

Debbie Ann Smith was arrested on Wednesday and is being held in custody.

Anyone with information on the case, or who might have been victimized, is encouraged to call Russell RCMP at 204-773-3051.

Recently, RCMP warned citizens in western Manitoba about thefts in which elderly residents were targeted.

In most cases, a woman showed up at the doorstep asking to use the washroom. When the resident allowed the woman inside, a purse was stolen.

In two incidents, two elderly women were pushed down during the thefts and suffered minor injuries.

The victims are between the ages of 78 and 90 years old.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 28, 2013 A10

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