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Distraction Burglary In Golden Gate Estates

Post Date:01/10/2019 2:00 PM
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of distraction burglaries.

These criminals generally target senior citizens by deceiving and distracting the victim. They typically pose as tree trimmers, appliance repair workers or contractors pointing to a problem with a roof.

The most recent incident occurred Monday in the Golden Gate Estates area.

The victims told deputies that a man visited their residence on three separate occasions to talk about his tree cutting business. Around 1:30 p.m. Monday, the man arrived at their home for the third time and had the victims follow him outside to show them their property line. While outside talking with the man for approximately 25 minutes, he received a call on his phone and told the victims he had to leave. The victims soon discovered that the contents of their safe containing jewelry and other valuable items had been ransacked. 

The man is described as Hispanic, approximately 35-years-old, 5 feet 4 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a blue button-down shirt and jeans during his visit. He was driving a white sedan with tinted windows.

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

CCSO urges all residents to take certain precautions if there is a stranger at the door.

The CCSO Crime Prevention Bureau offers these safety tips:

* Be suspicious of workers who arrive unannounced.

* Never allow a stranger to come into your house.

* Be cautious about anyone who tries to lure you out of your house to another part of your property.    

* Ask for identification and call the company. When calling, have the employee wait outside of your residence and use a number from the phone book and not a number given to you by the worker.

* Always notify CCSO if persons are going from door to door trying to sell you a service or a product, even if they appear to be legitimate. Let deputies confirm their occupational license or the validity of their company. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Anyone concerned about a stranger should call 911 immediately with a description of the individual. 

Watch a CCSO video about distraction burglars: https://youtu.be/riHQEwfhIHo
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