Butler County Times Gazette
  • Police department warns of scam

  • The El Dorado Police Department has investigated three cases of subject(s) whom have gained access to occupied homes and committing thefts after being allowed into the residence.
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  • The El Dorado Police Department has investigated three cases of subject(s) whom have gained access to occupied homes and committing thefts after being allowed into the residence.
    The subject(s) have gained access to the homes by using a variety of ruses. The following is a description of ruses being reported:
    The suspect(s) will claim to be an employee of the water department and tell the resident there has been a water leak and he needs to check the water pressure throughout the home.
    Another reported ruse is the suspect(s) will pose as someone trimming trees in the area and lure the resident out of the home by asking them to come out to show them the property boundaries. While the resident is preoccupied, an accomplice with enter the home and commit the theft.
    A third report involved subjects making contact with the resident regarding roof repairs and rain gutter repairs. The suspects will gain access to the home after making a so called “repair” and ask to check for water damage or to wash their hands. The accomplice(s) will distract the resident while the first suspect moves about in the home.
    Once in the home, the suspect(s) are suspected of stealing prescription medications, cash and jewelry. The suspect(s) often target the homes of senior citizens.
    The suspects are described as two caucasian males and one caucasian female.
    The El Dorado Police Department wants to caution everyone to be apprehensive of allowing strangers into your home. If a stranger comes to your door with unusual requests or in any way asks to gain access inside your home or asks you to come outside your home, be suspicious. You are discouraged from allowing access in to your home or exiting your home with a stranger. Get a description of the person or persons and any vehicle they may be driving and call the police.
    In connection with the third report where suspect(s) contacted the resident about roof repairs, investigators were able to obtain a photograph of the suspect(s) vehicle. If anyone recognizes the van or has information about the owner of the van, they are asked to contact Detective Murphy at 321-9120 or El Dorado Crime Stoppers at 321-1080.

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