Burglar poses as Montgomery County official to distract elderly victim

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 10:21 AM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Deputies north of Houston believe a man posed as an official to distract an elderly person while an accomplice burglarized her home.

The crime happened on Brook Hollow Drive on Monday, Sept. 16, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the elderly woman, 89, answered a knock at her front door and was greeted by a man who claimed to be employed by “the county and the state.”  The suspect then lured the woman to her backyard to explain how he was there to convert the power lines to an underground system. He then proceeded to take measurements for about 30 minutes. The suspect told the woman he was going to his car, but he never returned.

The woman called deputies later in the day after she found numerous items missing from her home. Investigators believe a second suspect entered the home and burglarized it while the woman was distracted in the backyard.

The victim did not see the suspect’s car, but she described him as a white male with a slim build. He wore a blue plaid long-sleeve shirt and a tool belt.

Deputies said a similar crime happened on July 10 on Spring Ridge Drive. In that case, a 75-year-old man was lured to his backyard to talk about cutting tree limbs. At the same time, his home was burglarized. He later told deputies the suspect, who was possibly Middle Eastern, was driving a bright red truck.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime.  Call 800-392-STOP (7867).  Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers webpage at www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

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