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Be Aware of Residential Distraction Burglaries!


The Arcadia Police Department has experienced an increase in reports of residential distraction burglaries in recent weeks.

We often experience the same problem here in Alhambra and want to remind you to not allow persons in your home without verified identification.


The suspects in these incidents are commonly referred to by the victims as “Gypsy” type individuals, or "Travelers".  The method of distraction involves the suspects portraying themselves as officials with various government agencies or sub-contractors through government agencies.  Such vocations represented are:  Department of Water & Power employees, city public works, construction employees, and tree trimmers. 


These crimes occur during day time hours and focus on elderly victims.  Once the suspect gains the victim’s trust and confidence, the suspect is allowed inside and occupies the victim.  A second suspect then enters the residence and commits the theft.  The victim is unaware their valuables have been stolen and ultimately both suspects leave the residence minutes apart.


Please be aware of these crimes of trickery and never allow anyone inside of your home without positively verifying the individual’s identity and employer. If you have an encounter with individuals you suspect are trying to trick you in allowing them into your home, please call the Alhambra Police Department immediately at (626) 570-5151.

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