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Drug thief walks into woman's Overland Park assisted living apartment

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A woman in an assisted living unit says another woman conned her way into her apartment pretending to be a nurse. (Overland Park Police) A woman in an assisted living unit says another woman conned her way into her apartment pretending to be a nurse. (Overland Park Police)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A woman in an assisted living unit says another woman conned her way into her apartment pretending to be a nurse.

Manjula Schuyler thought the woman was there to help her not steal from her.

"I can't believe I was taken by this lady,” she said.

Schuyler trusted the person who knocked on her door claiming to be a home health professional. Surveillance cameras from her apartment building show her on her way to her unit.

“She was very gentle, very professional, seemed just like a nurse,” Schuyler said.

Schuyler herself is a retired nurse. She says the stranger carried file folders, asked all the right questions and even gave her a quick examination.

“The thing that really surprises me is how good she was, that's what scares me the most,” she said.

After she found out Schuyler takes opioid pain medication, she found an excuse to get the retiree out of the room and then went back to the basket where she keeps her medication claiming to need a piece of equipment.

“She seemed like she was gone a little too long,” Schuyler said.

Later, she needed to take a pill but discovered two bottles missing.

Overland Park police say medicine theft isn't common but that it does occur more often in environments like assisted living facilities.

“I think she's probably been out in other parts of the metro, not our city, gaining entry by talking to them asking questions. I think she's done this before,” said Officer John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department.

Luckily, Schuyler was able to replace her meds. Her apartment building posted warnings about the woman, and Schuyler hopes no one else falls for her con.

“You need to be very careful. Don't just trust people in trustworthy positions. Don't assume that they're particularly nice people,” she said.

Police say most home health providers will never show up unannounced. They recommend asking for credentials or their medical identification if you're ever in doubt.

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