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City of Rosemead
Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 :: 02:34 p.m. PST


Distraction Residential Burglary

On 02-27-15, a residential burglary occurred on the 3400 block of Kelburn Avenue, Rosemead, wherein the victim was distracted during the burglary. The Elderly Asian victim answered a knock at the front door of the residence. A male Hispanic, 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 5’09”/250 LBS, told the victim he was a “City” employee. The victim saw a white pickup truck parked in her driveway with two additional male occupants. The first male directed the victim to the backyard and claimed her trees needed trimming because they were close to the power lines. The victim had left her residential front door closed, but unlocked, while she went into the backyard with the first male. After a short period, the first male got into his truck and drove away. The victim then realized that someone, most likely the two males in the pickup truck, entered her residence while she was distracted and stole valuables from the location. This type of “Distraction Burglary” often occurs with the suspects claiming to be city employees, utility workers, or construction contractors seeking work.

The public is reminded to keep their home secure at all times, even if just going into a backyard briefly. Additionally, when someone knocks on your door and claims to be employed by a utility company or city, verification of their employment could be accomplished by calling the involved company, agency or organization. If you see something suspicious, please report it to the local Law Enforcement agency.

Temple Sheriff’s (626) 285-7171

City of Rosemead
8838 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 626-569-2168

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