ELYRIA – A 33-year-old woman who police say preyed on the elderly and disabled is behind bars facing two counts of burglary.
Charlene Jones of Delaware Avenue is in the Lorain County Jail with a $30,000 bond in connection with two burglaries that police said took place earlier this month.
The first victim is a 90-year-old woman.
Police Capt. Chris Costantino said Jones pretended to be a home health aide and convinced the victim to let her into her Delaware Avenue home.
On Jan. 31 at around 3 p.m. Jones went to the elderly woman’s home. She said she was a home health aide and needed to evaluate the woman’s bathroom.
Costantino said the elderly woman let Jones into her home and showed her the bathroom. Jones then told the woman she needed a shower chair and would need to put down a deposit – first saying the amount was $20 and then changing the figure to $40. The woman gave Jones $40, Costantino said.
“It was then that she started going through the woman’s house, moving from room to room fast so the woman could not keep up with her,” Costantino said. “This female went into our victim’s bedroom, where she found and went through her purse to remove $30.”
Costantino said the incident was reported the next day and the woman was able to give officers a description of Jones.
Several days later at around 6:20 p.m. Feb. 4, Costantino said Jones went to another home in the neighborhood, this time the Mockingbird Lane residence of a 62-year-old disabled woman. Jones knocked on the door. When the resident opened, Jones asked to borrow money. The resident said no, so Jones grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her way inside the home, Costantino said.
Jones went room-to-room until she reached the bedroom, where she went into the woman’s purse and took $20.
Costantino said both victims knew Jones by different aliases, the first believing she was a home health aide named ‘Jaime’ and the second only knowing her by the name ‘Cindy.’ But based on the description of the woman – she is about 4-foot, 9-inches tall and roughly 100 pounds – and the neighborhood, Officer Zachery Kasperovich suspected Jones was responsible for both robberies.
“Both victims were shown a photo line-up and were able to pick Charlene Jones out with complete certainty,” Costantino said.
Police arrested Jones around 3 p.m. Feb. 9 near Delaware and Warren Avenue. Costantino said police found a drug pipe in Jones’ pocket and additionally charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia.