Nursing home raided

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RESIDENTS at a Mt Martha nursing home slept on as their lodgings were raided by thieves last weekend.

Mornington’s Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Vallas said thieves entered 20 separate units at the Osborne Dve premises and pilfered small items, such as iPads and mobiles, cash and jewellery, from eight of the units.

None of the elderly residents was disturbed in the overnight raids. “There were no confrontations,” Detective Vallas said.

“Nothing of great value was stolen.”

But the sense of violation felt by the residents can cut deep. “They feel threatened and violated in these circumstances,” he said. “It’s especially annoying when thieves prey on the elderly.”

Detective Vallas said Mornington crime prevention officers had visited the home to advise on improved security measures.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mornington police, 59781400.

First published in the Mornington News – 6 October 2015

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