The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has investigated three recent cases within one week which we refer to as “distraction burglaries.”
This is basically what the name implies. Victims are distracted as someone burglarizes their home and steals their valuables.
Most of these crimes are committed against elderly folks, but that is not always the case.
In Lake Alfred, a man under the guise of a landscaper went to a home and convinced the resident to step outside and walk around to the back of the home. While the two discussed landscaping, a woman went into the home through the front door and stole items.
In west Lakeland, a man posing as a Florida Power & Light worker convinced the elderly resident to step out of the house. While the suspect spoke with the resident, a man and woman entered the home and began searching for valuables. The resident happened to walk back inside, which interrupted the crime, and the suspects fled.
And in north Lakeland, an elderly homeowner allowed two men to enter the house to fix a plumbing problem. One of the suspects walked outside of the home to discuss a problem, while the other suspect stole items from a bedroom.
Do not let strangers talk their way inside your home or convince you to come out.
Try to verify who they are. If something is suspicious, try to get a good description and a license plate number and call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.