Thieves preying on the elderly

Thieves preying on the elderly

The Denver Police Department is investigating three more burglary cases targeting the elderly. There were two burglaries in the City Park North neighborhood Friday, July 6th and one the day before.

In the first case the suspect contacted the victim and related there was a problem with some work being done on the house behind hers and asked the victim to come outside into the backyard. While the victim and suspect were outside, a second suspect entered the victim’s residence and searched for valuables. The suspect that entered the home is described as a White or Hispanic male in his 30’s, medium build, clean shaven, baseball cap, blue shirt.

In the second case the first suspect contacted the elderly victim and related there was a problem with the power line behind her home causing a neighbor to lose power. The suspect asked the victim to come out into her yard and distracted her while a second suspect entered the residence by cutting the screen on the victim’s security door. Once inside, the second suspect took several items belonging to the victim.

In the third case a 92 year old man was lured away from his front door into the backyard by a suspect stating he needed to measure his yard. When he returned inside his home he discovered cash and coins were stolen. The suspect who contacted the victim is described as White male, 30-49 year old, 5ft -10inches, tall 175-pounds, short hair, clean shaven, blue sports jersey, blue jeans, and a baseball cap.

The Denver Police Department has recently seen several cases of crimes against the elderly. The Denver Police Department is asking that we all lookout for our elderly community members, neighbors, friends and family members so they are not victimized.

Safety Tips
  • Don't be afraid to be rude. You are not obligated to open the door for anyone you don't know.
  • Don’t open the door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is – look out of the window or use a spy hole in your door.
  • If you open the door, keep the chain on while you find out who is calling and what they want.
  • If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you. If a caller is legitimate they will understand your concerns.
  • If someone claims to be from a company, such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity – see the section below for tips on how to do that properly.
  • If someone is asking for a favor, such as to use your bathroom, borrow a pen or retrieve a ball, don’t let them in. Instead direct them to a shop, office or public place.
  • It’s only natural to want to help someone, but sadly that’s one of the techniques often used by distraction burglars.
  • If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately.
  • If you have a chance try to note what they look like and any vehicle they have with them, so police can investigate.

The Denver Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating and identifying this suspect. Anyone with information regarding this crime, please contact Denver Police Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) where you can remain anonymous. Text to CRIMES (274637) and title DMCS and enter your message or go to the website at If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.

Posted on July 09, 2012 (Archive on October 01, 2012)
Posted by kpellegrin  Contributed by kpellegrin