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Man distracts resident while accomplice cleans out safe

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM


A Hayes Avenue resident was distracted by a man pretending to be a surveyor Tuesday afternoon while an accomplice — or accomplices — entered his home and cleaned out a safe.

Perkins police are currently investigating the apparent burglary scheme, but also want residents to call them immediately if they observe anything suspicious or similar.

It was about 1 p.m. Tuesday when an 85-year-old man working in his yard was approached by a man claiming to be a land surveyor, according to a Perkins police report.

The imposter was a white man his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, and wearing a baseball hat, jeans and blue shirt.

He told the resident a survey needed to be done every decade for tax purposes and tried multiple times to have the resident walk him around the property, the report said.

The resident refused, pointing the “surveyor” to a survey pin at the corner of his yard.

Then, the man stopped asking questions about the land altogether, instead turning his attention to a piece of lawn equipment the resident was working on.

The man helped him replace a line in his string trimmer, then walked off down the driveway and left in a dark-colored truck.

When the resident went back inside to change, he found his closet door open. Inside, he noticed his safe door had been completely removed.

A lockbox was also found out-of-place, under the resident's bed,

The man called his daughter over — he'd been home alone at the time of the theft, but is not the sole resident — and she joined him in investigating.

The pair later noticed an envelope of money was missing, and called police.

Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said detectives are currently sorting through evidence, but a suspect has not yet been identified.

Additionally, police do not know if this was random or targeted. 

Investigators currently believe the man deliberately distracted the resident, while at least one accomplice entered the home.

Klamar has not released details on what, or how much was stolen.

He's urging anyone to call police if someone comes on private property, claiming to be a surveyor or under any other suspicious circumstances. 

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