PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Port Charlotte woman reported being the victim of a "distraction burglary" last week.
On Thursday, a woman reported that someone had illegally entered her home in the 700 block of Crestview Circle through her unlocked front door while she was in her back yard. A female suspect who identified herself as “Lisa” distracted the victim by telling her that she was doing a survey for an underground wire installation project. “Lisa” asked the woman to meet her in her backyard to take measurements.
The victim went into the backyard with “Lisa,” leaving her front door unlocked. While they were in the backyard, other unknown suspects entered her house and removed various property. After about 15 minutes, “Lisa” received a phone call and left the area in a small, dark colored vehicle that was occupied by two males.
The female suspect is described as being a white female in her late 30’s with dark colored shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She is about 5 ft. 5 inches to 5 ft. 8 inches tall, weighing between 125 to 135 pounds. She was wearing a dark blue polo shirt with dark blue pants.
Sheriff Prummell suggests that residents protect themselves against such “distraction techniques” by keeping their doors locked.
“Always ask for identification from any unexpected visitors,” Sheriff Prummell said. “If they refuse to show you ID, don’t let them into your house or onto your property. And call the Sheriff’s Office to the report the incident.”
Detectives report that similar distraction type burglaries have taken place in neighboring jurisdictions. Some of the distractions include checking the roof of the house or checking boat docks.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the identity of the suspects is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).