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Association: Burglary Duo Targets, Distracts Elderly Woman

The burglary occurred in the Country Squire/Pangborn area Wednesday.

A burglar distracted an elderly North Briarcliff woman while his partner robbed her home Wednesday, the North Briarcliff Civic Association said.

The association sent the following note out to its residents Sunday:

Country Squire/ Pangborn area - Wed. afternoon: Elderly neighbor was collecting her mail & trash can from the street.  A white pickup truck with a hispanic male inside approached her and asked if her husband was at home. Realizing she was home alone, he told her they were working behind her house and that the neighbor wanted a few trees/limbs removed. He talked to her for about 10 minutes in her backyard.  He then got a call and said his partner had been injured and left quickly. Later, the lady realized that her home had been burglarized - silver & some jewelry was missing from inside her home.  The police were notified.

Her next door neighbor was also approached recently. A man knocked on her door waving to her like she knew him and asking for her husband.  When she said her husband couldn't come to the door, he told her he needed to come in to check water pressure due to a sewer problem in the area.  She closed the door and he left.

Both women live alone and were most likely targeted.  It is important we check on our elderly neighbors and call 911 when we see anyone suspicious.

Becky January 21, 2013 at 01:00 PM
A very similar situation happened to my neighbor, an elderly woman in the Sargent Hills neighborhood (near North Dekalb Mall). It took place on Friday, January 18 around 4:30-5:00pm. The story was exactly the same except this woman would not follow the man to her backyard. Fortunately, he left.
Dawn Forman January 21, 2013 at 01:24 PM
There have been reports of white pick up with a blue lower portio and penguins on the tailgate with Hispanic males driving around casing homes out. This truck was in the area and 911 was called on Wednesday about its activity.
Lucy Mauterer January 21, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I am an older lady and keep my door locked. I lock it behind me when I go out and again when I enter. I have a big dog and a Remington 12 gauge and I know how to use it. These older ladies need to wake up and smell the coffee. The world is a very different place from what we grew up in. And yes, do check on our elderly neighbors. I have an 83 year old friend and we have an agreement. She calls me everyday before 7:00pm. If I don't hear from her, I get in my car and go check on her. We should have more partnerships like that. Such a simple thing.

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