PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating another incident of an elderly person being told they need roof repairs and are lured outside while another thief enters and burglarizes their home.
The latest incident was reported Tuesday at 4:17 p.m. by the couple, both 83, that occurred at their home in the 3300 block of Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. The man told deputies a new red or maroon Ford SUV pulled into his driveway. One of two men exited the SUV and talked to him for a period of time then they walked into the backyard and he was told his roof needed to be replaced. Both men then drove off and the elderly man went back into his home.
A few minutes later his wife came home from the grocery and notice a bedroom/office had been disturbed. She found a small metal box containing 12 rolls of 20 silver coins missing. Value of the coins was set at $10,200. The man was described as about 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 8 inches tall and a very heavy build.
CCSO detectives reported a similar incident several weeks ago where two elderly sisters in Charlotte Harbor were approached by a man saying he was a roofer. He too took them outside to the back of the home and then someone entered their home and stole numerous items. Detectives say similar incidents using the same method of operation (MO) have occurred in North Port.
Sheriff Bill Cameron said, “The target appears to be senior citizens who are lured out of their home for a few minutes and don’t realize that when they leave the front door unlocked, someone slips into and burglarizes their home. Family, friends and neighbors should warn our seniors not to fall for this type of crime.”
If anyone has information about this case, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477)