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Arrest in Medicine Theft of Elderly Victim

Star Staff Report

George Roby II

George Roby II

On July 29, at about 2:45 p.m. the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 100 block of Oak Grove Road in Covington regarding a person who came to the residence, posing as a home health care worker and allegedly took medication from the 85 year old victim.
On Aug. 2, Criminal Investigation Division investigators received a tip from a citizen related to the theft. Investigators identified the impostor as George Douglas Roby, II, 29 of 370 Russell Road in Drummonds.  Roby was interviewed and admitted to his role in the case.
During the investigation, detectives confirmed that Roby possibly went to other residences under similar pretenses.  Roby is a former employee of a medical supply company which provides home health deliveries.  Once inside the residence, Roby’s goal was to covertly locate and steal pain medications from the unsuspecting victim. The investigation is ongoing and detectives anticipate additional charges.
Roby is being charged with Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property Under $500 and Criminal Impersonation.  He remains in custody awaiting his arraignment in Tipton County General Sessions Court.
“This is a perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors! This case was solved so quickly by the tip and great police work in locating the suspect.
If someone comes to your residence in an official capacity for any home services, I encourage you to ask for their identification or contact the company to verify the need for the visit.  If you think you have been victimized in a similar manner, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 475-4300, phone in tips at 475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.”

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