Police warning: Common yard work scam leads to theft in Mentor

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MENTOR, Ohio — Behind on yard work?

According to a post on the  Mentor Police Department’s Facebook page, a resident recently reported being scammed when she thought she was hiring a crew to complete her’s.

It happened Oct. 23 in the 7600 block of Johnnycake Ridge Road and Brentwood Road. Two men in a large white car reportedly pulled into her driveway. One of the suspects stayed in the car, and the other spoke with the older resident who lived there. Police say the suspect asked suspicious questions about other neighbors.

Then, he offered to do yard work and trim some trees. He was on his cell phone throughout the conversation, said police, speaking in both English and Spanish.

The victim paid the man money up front for the yard work, which he never ended up completing. One or both of the suspects entered the resident’s home and removed more money.

The suspect is being described as Hispanic, average height and weight with brown hair. He was also described as well-dressed.

Police are warning residents that the incident is a common distraction burglary technique. Suspects target the elderly or those they feel are an easy target. Then they take money for work they don’t do, or go as far as burglarizing the victim.

Police also ask that anyone offering their services for money needs a permit from the city of Mentor.

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