Polk deputies searching for suspects in 'distraction scams' targeting elderly people

Distraction scams sweeping the Bay area
Posted at 4:57 AM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 05:39:55-05

Detective say a new crime trend that started in South Florida last year, has now moved to the Tampa Bay area. 

Four people in Polk County have become victims of this new scam. 

The "distraction scam" occurs when people posing as roofers or workers (some said they worked for the City of Lake Wales) lure elderly victims outside of their homes to discuss home repairs, while others sneak into the house through the backyard or side yard unnoticed and steal items from the home.

Detectives have released three composite sketches of the suspects in these scams.

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In one instance, a 92-year-old man says his wife's jewelry was stolen from inside his home when the con-artists posed as workers from the city's public works department.

Detectives say the crooks told the 92-year-old to run the hose outside his home while they tested his water inside.

If you or anyone you know recognizes the suspect in the sketches your asked to contact the Polk County Sheriffs Office. 


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