Flower-wielding man may have stolen $100,000 in valuables from senior living residents, authorities say

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Authorities are seeking the identity of this man. (Courtesy of Harford Sheriff's Office)
Authorities are seeking the identity of this man. (Courtesy of Harford Sheriff's Office)

Maryland law enforcement authorities believe that a man may have carried flowers into a senior living community as a cover to steal thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry, cash and credit cards from at least four residents.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they believe stole valuables worth $87,000 to $100,000 from residents of Brightview Avondale in Bel Air, MD. The office posted information to its social media accounts Aug. 8 in an effort to identify a man captured on video carrying flowers as he entered the independent living and assisted living community July 28. Deputies responded to a report of a burglary at the facility later that day.

“He walked into the facility. We believe that it's possibly a ruse so that people would think that he belonged and that he was going to visit somebody, carrying flowers to take to his loved one,” Maj. William Davis told a television reporter with WMAR. The man may have targeted rooms when occupants were in common areas, he told a reporter with WBAL.

Brightview Senior Living representatives told WMAR that they have a state-of-the-art security system and that this type of incident is not typical. A regional operations manager with the company told WBAL that residents' safety and security is a top priority.

“This is a message we put out for everyone, no matter where they live: If you have valuables, you should keep them locked [up], because you never know what could happen,” Davis told WMAR.

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