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Newport Beach Police Department
Friday June 15th, 2012 :: 04:23 p.m. PDT

CRIME ALERT - Residential Distraction Burglary

Occurred on: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, an elderly resident was contacted by an unknown male suspect while in his front yard. The suspect told the victim that he, the suspect, believed there was contaminated water in the neighborhood and he need to check inside the residence. The victim showed the suspect through the house. At the time the victim did not know that a burglary had occurred. Later the loss was discovered and the police contacted.

Surrounding cities have experienced similar distraction burglaries. Here’s how the ruse works:

These distraction burglaries are usually committed during daytime hours and the victims are usually elderly. The primary suspect will contact the victim, either outside in the yard, or at the door. The suspect will state they are from entities such as the water company, a construction company, or perhaps even the City. Many times, the suspect will say they need to check on water faucets and ask to enter the home, hoping to gain the trust and cooperation of the victim. Once inside, the suspect will distract the victim and take items themselves, or perhaps have an accomplice enter the home to commit the crime.

Anytime someone approaches you, or comes to your residence asking to come in or perform work, obtain identification and confirm their identity. There may be times when a City employee, gas, electric, telephone, water, or other service worker may require entrance to your exterior property. Legitimate service workers should be in some form of uniform, have identification, and most likely be driving a clearly marked company vehicle. Unless you placed the service call, do not allow anyone access to your home. If the person is suspicious or uncooperative, immediately call the police at 949-644-3717, or dial 9-1-1

If you have older neighbors, friends, or relatives, please share this information with them and help increase their awareness to this type of crime.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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Newport Beach, CA 92663

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