Police Arrest Suspect For Theft Against Senior

The suspect posing as a Personal Support Worker in order to gain entry into seniors’ residences has been arrested. 54-year-old Mary Clowana Ryan appeared in court on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, a woman posing as a PSW entered two seniors’ residences in the Queenston Road and Nash Road North area. At one of the residences, she took credit cards and jewelry belonging to the occupant.

During both incidents, no one was physically injured.

Detectives from Crimes Against Seniors and patrol officers continued to investigate these incidents and were able to identify the suspect.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the suspect was located and arrested without incident. She was taken into police custody and held for a bail hearing. Her matter was addressed at the John Sopinka Courthouse yesterday.

Detectives believe there may be other victims who have not yet come forward, they are urged to contact police.


  • Mary Clowana Ryan, 54-year-old female from Stoney Creek


  • Theft over $5000
  • Theft under $5000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Unlawfully in a dwelling
  • Trafficking property under $5000

Hamilton Police would like to thank the public for the many positive responses to the original media release which aided in the investigation.

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Cottee by calling 905-540-5300.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com