Residents of the Hallmark Retirement Center on North End Avenue are victims of serial robberies occurring in the complex.
The thefts occurred and were reported in July and August and have amounted to nearly $60K in lost jewelry according to an article published today in the Daily News.
The thefts reported include:
-In July a woman reported a lost $10,000 Italian watch and an approximately $20,000 diamond bangle bracelet.
– On July 27th, a 98-year-old woman reported $21,400 worth of jewelry stolen from a bedroom closet.
-On August 9th, a 90-year-old woman reported $6,000 worth of jewelry stolen while she was away on a hospital stay.
As it turns out, policies implemented within the assisted living facility have seemingly helped to facilitate robberies. There are no surveillance cameras inside the building, certain employees have keys to all apartments and residents are required to notify the facility when they leave the premises for extended medical or personal reasons.
According to the same article, representatives at Brookdale Senior Living, the company that owns The Hallmark, “Theft is not tolerated at our communities, and we internally investigate and report to proper authorities claims of theft of which we become aware,” said spokeswoman Holly Botsford.”
However, according to residents the facility has done little to placate resident concerns and their cries have fallen on deaf ears.
We will continue to update this story as new development arise.