March 15, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST
JONESBORO -- Residents in Newport, Hoxie, Jonesboro, Corning, and late Monday evening, even West Memphis, have fallen victim to the linoleum bandits.
"An elderly woman reported that two white males in a white pick-up truck, possibly with a extended cab and a tool box, approached her about selling some linoleum," said West Memphis Detective, Brian Shelton.
When they left--the woman realized money and even a gun had been stolen.
For over a week now, this group has eluded police.
"We're working with Hoxie, Jonesboro, Newport, and West Memphis......," said Corning Police Chief, Jim Groning.
Hoping together, officials can catch the criminals on a crime spree who have so far, only targeted the elderly.
The investigation has even expanded into northern Missouri.
Police there are saying a group is using these same "linoleum sales" tactics to get inside homes.
For now, authorities here, say the search continues.