Caruthersville Woman Falls Victim to Scamming Thief

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO, (KAIT) It doesn't seem possible that a theft could occur almost under your nose while you are being scammed at the same time.

It happened in Caruthersville

It happens all to often to the elderly, a woman was sweeping grass off her porch when a pickup pulled into her driveway and a gentleman approached her.

Chief Chris Riggs, "An older white male who was asking her about furniture and talking about getting ready to open up a furniture store here in Caruthersville and she told him she didn't need any furniture or anything. But he was very persistent about, it's hot outside lets go in and talk. "

Once inside another man then came inside with a roll of carpeting or flooring to show the victim.

Riggs, "One held one end of the sample while the other held the other end kind of obscured her vision from the front door."

At this point the third accomplice moves in.

Riggs, "While they did their sales pitch and distracted her, he rummaged through her drawers and her purse and took what he wanted to take without her knowledge and slipped back out before she even knew he was there. "

The thief took an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. But the theft was not discovered until the following day.

Chief Riggs said this group of thieves is very professional in their approach.

"These guys worked very well with each other, they were very polite they never showed any aggression toward the victim."

The thieves are described as older white males, between 55 and 70 years of age, around 5'10", one is fairly slim the other heavy set around 240 pounds. There is no description for the third person.

They may possibly be driving a black or dark blue Chevy or GMC extended cab pickup which may have flooring or carpet rolled up in the bed.

Chief Riggs says everyday someone is out there to steal from us and proper precautions need to be taken.

"Don't allow anybody in your home that you don't know, and be mindful of your surroundings when you're outside."

Chief Riggs says that when these guys are caught they could face multiple charges because it's kind of combination of a scam and a robbery.

Riggs, "We're looking at our avenues and what charges we may seek on these individuals. To me it's a scam, it's a theft, but it's a scam."

If you have any information on this crime you can call the Caruthersville police department at 573-333-0000