Sacto 9-1-1
March 19, 2012
Lodi police said nurse imposters took credit card from man

Two women were arrested by Lodi police on suspicion of stealing from an elderly man while they posed as medical workers.

Christina Amaya, 29, and Elizabeth Marks, 46, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, forgery and felonious use of a credit card.

Police said the pair claimed they were nurses from "the hospital" checking on the older man's well-being when they arrived at the elderly man's home. Wearing surgical scrubs, they were invited inside.

Police said Marks is unemployed. However, Amaya, police said, is in training at a Sacramento hospital to be a secretary and had a hospital identification badge.

Once inside the man's home, police said they took his wallet and then left. The man reported the theft to his credit card company and police.

While officers were at his home, the credit card company reported that his card was being used at Kohl's department store. Police responded to the store, but were too late to apprehend the person using the card.

At about that time, the credit card company told police the card was being used at the Lodi JC Penney department store. Officers hurried to the store and arrested Amaya and Marks as they were about to make a second buy with the man's card, police said.

At least one other person, a woman in Galt, was targeted by the pair, police said.

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