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PCSO detectives are warning the public about distraction thefts that are occurring throughout the county.

On separate occasions, most recently in Frostproof, unknown suspects are approaching houses and asking residents to come outside for various reasons. In the most recent incident, a suspect posed as a Google employee, and told the elderly homeowner he needed her to come outside and show him her property boundaries. While she was distracted by him outside, he communicated to someone else on a handheld radio - alerting the other suspect that the "coast is clear" for the home to be burglarized. This victim lost thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry.

Here are some tips: 1) If you aren’t sure of who is knocking at your door, tell them you are uninterested, or don’t answer the door, 2) keep your windows/doors locked and secured while not in use, 3) if you see a suspicious vehicle report it to law enforcement immediately--without putting yourself at risk--look for key descriptors, vehicle description, tag number, color of vehicle, any stickers/emblems, 4) look out for your neighbors, and 5) report any suspicious door-to-door strangers to law enforcement.

If anyone has information about this suspect or others, please contact Detective Gaiser at 863-678-4115.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 6/15/2017