- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - The mayor of a Detroit suburb ordered his city’s police department to create a special unit to investigate crimes against senior citizens after a string of purse snatchings and other robberies.

Officers acting as decoys also should operate at shopping centers in Warren, Mayor James Fouts said Monday.

Cash, credit cards, a checkbook, a telephone and other valuables have been taken from seniors at shopping centers or after they were followed to their homes.

Fouts listed the Oct. 29 purse-snatching from an 80-year-old woman inside her garage, an Oct. 28 assault and purse-snatching in a driveway and the Oct. 26 purse-snatching from a 72-year-old woman outside her home as recent incidents in which seniors were targeted.

“They usually leave a trail using credit cards or cellphones which leads to arrests,” Fouts said of the thieves.

A program will be aired on Warren’s cable television station to alert seniors about situations that could lead to attacks. Articles also will be printed in city publications.

“Seniors, because of their vulnerability, have to be aware of their surroundings and suspicious individuals,” Fouts said in a statement.

Warren is in Macomb County, just north of Detroit.

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