MENTOR, Ohio - Mentor police are looking for two people who tricked an elderly man so they could rob him.
The incident happened at a Forest Lane house on Monday. The 81-year-old man who lives there said a woman knocked on his door. She claimed to represent a tree-trimming business and asked to come inside to speak further.
He let her in, and told officers that she was on her cell phone the entire time. She asked him to show her his backyard, and they went outside.
Moments later, the homeowner’s home health aide arrived and found another man in the home, coming out of the bedroom. This man also claimed to be with a tree-trimming service.
The home health aide went to the backyard to ask the homeowner about the visitors. At that point, the woman and the man left immediately.
The homeowner later discovered he was robbed. A diamond ring, several rare gold coins, and several $100 bills had been stolen from his bedroom, totaling a loss of more than $35,000.
The theft suspects were driving a new silver or white SUV with a rear lift door. The woman is described by authorities as white, with a small frame, brunette hair, and she did not speak English well. The man is described as white or Hispanic with a darker complexion, about 5’8” tall with a stocky build.
Mentor police want people to know that this type of scam happens regularly. Thieves gain entry by representing some sort of service provider, and are usually in contact with a partner using a cell phone or radio. The first thief will distract the homeowner, while another robs the home. Police urge residents not to allow unknown people into their homes ever.
Anyone with information about this crime should call Mentor Police at 440-974-5760.
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