Suspects use 'distraction scam' to burglarize elderly Bellaire homeowner

An elderly Bellaire Police Department volunteer had to call on the officers he usually helps for help himself
Friday, July 18, 2014
An elderly Bellaire Police Department volunteer had to call on the officers he usually helps for help himself.

J.P. Littlejohn was the victim of what police call a "distraction burglary." On Monday, he says two men came to his door to solicit tree trimming. The 85-year-old talked to one in the backyard while the other went inside and took watches, a ring and some cash.

"I should have known better than that, good gosh I wasn't born yesterday," Littlejohn told Eyewitness News Reporter Jessica Willey.

Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway says the "distraction burglary" is an old scam. The burglars might pose as landscapers, utility workers, or construction workers.

"Do not go into the backyard with them. Do not leave the house unlocked," Holloway said.

The suspects were described only as two Hispanic males driving a white pickup truck.

Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to call Bellaire police.
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