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14-105 Sheriff’s Office Warns Pinellas Residents About Distraction Schemes Targeting The Elderly

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Burglary & Pawn Unit

What:
Detectives assigned to the Burglary and Pawn Unit are investigating a distraction scheme in which a group of individuals are targeting elderly residents in Pinellas County. The suspects approach residents in their homes, request access to the backyard and as one person is distracting the homeowner, other suspects enter the residence and steal their jewelry and cash.

When:
Four incidents have been reported to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since January 2014.

Where:
The four incidents reported have occurred in South Pinellas County, South of SR 60.

Why/How:
According to investigators, a group of individuals are targeting elderly residents in Pinellas County. The suspects approach residents in their homes and state they are there to inspect a water leak, to check property lines or to trim trees in the backyard. While they are distracting the homeowner, two to three other suspects then enter the residence and steal items to include jewelry and cash. During the schemes the victims were distracted for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: A Hispanic male in his 40’s, with a medium build, a round face, dark short hair and a clean shaven.

Suspect #2: A White male, 25-40 years of age, with a heavy build and short dirty blonde hair.

Suspect #3: A Black male 30-40 years of age, thin build and full trimmed beard.

Suspect #4: A female – unknown description

Suspect #5: A White male approximately 25 years of age, 5’10” tall with a slim build, short black hair, brown eyes and black scruffy facial hair.

Suspect #6: A White male, 50 years of age and a heavy build.

During the schemes the suspects used various vehicles. They are described as:

Vehicle#1: Dark brown, Ford F150 crew cab with a dark brown topper

Vehicle#2: Black small pickup truck (Picture attached)

Vehicle#3: White pickup truck, 2-door, possibly ten years old, decent condition with tree branch debris in the bed

Vehicle#4: White newer model full size pickup truck

Vehicle#5: Small white car with trunk open

The investigation continues.

If you have been a victim of this crime or have any information on these thefts please contact Detective Creaser of the Burglary & Pawn Unit at (727) 582-6200.

Suspects Truck

Suspects Truck (Vehicle #2)

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