Thieves Target Same Victim Twice
MENTOR, OH — Mentor police are warning residents to be on the lookout as a pair of thieves attempt to scam senior citizens.
Police say a man and a woman are approaching senior citizens about tree trimming, then stealing items from their homes.
An 81-year-old man on Forest Lane was victimized twice.
In the first incident, a female knocked on the resident’s door asking if he needed tree trimming and escorted him to the back yard while speaking on her cell phone. A home health aid arrived to find a man in the home and the suspects quickly left. The homeowner later discovered that cash and valuable coins were stolen from the bedroom.
Thursday, the same female knocked on the resident’s door again. The senior citizen didn’t initially know who the woman was, but later recognized her once on the back patio. After a short struggle, the female ran out of the house and left in a gray or silver van.
Two other similar incidents occurred on Broadmoor Road and Bellflower Road.
Police say the suspects are driving a white/cream or silver-colored, small SUV. The van that was seen is described as gray or silver with no markings and may be a minivan.
The incidents match several scams in Willoughby, Parma, Parma Heights and North Royalton in the last few months.
Police are warning neighbors to keep a look out for the suspects and lock up valuables in their homes.
If you have any information, contact the Mentor Police Department.