SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A 53-year-old South Portland woman accused of stealing from elderly people is facing multiple burglary and theft charges, police said.

Margaret Wilkes allegedly masqueraded as a representative of what she called “the agency” when going to elderly people’s homes and asking for medical information over the last few weeks, Sgt. Steve Webster of the South Portland Police Department said Wednesday.

Upon entering residents’ homes, Wilkes would ask for medical information and conduct what she called inspections in order to steal cash and jewelry, according to Webster.

Police found Wilkes walking on Main Street on Wednesday morning and took her into custody, the sergeant said. A search warrant of her home turned up numerous stolen items, Webster said.

Wilkes was charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of theft, said Webster. More charges are expected as Wilkes is suspected of committing other related crimes in other communities, the sergeant said. The case remains under investigation.

Wilkes is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $500 bail.

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