WESH-TV, Orlando, Florida
Police Say Thieves Used Art Of Distraction
Burglars Steal Coin Collection From Volusia County Home
POSTED: 4:36 pm EST January 15, 2009
UPDATED: 6:25 pm EST January 15, 2009
DELTONA, Fla. -- Deputies warned Volusia County
residents to be on alert Wednesday after a home
Lillian Watson was tricked into letting burglars
into her home.
According to Watson, two men asked if they could go
into her back yard and claimed they were from a
"Well, I was annoyed. I did not realize at first what
they were doing," Watson said. After a while, she
became suspicious. Watson explained that one man
talked to her about t*** her trees and shrubs
and kept her in the back yard while the other went
around to the front.
A few minutes later, the two men had fled. Lillian
noticed that the side door to her garage was open
and that someone had rooted around in her bedroom.
Watson said they went through her jewelry boxes and
stole dozens of rare coins.
"What makes me angry is they're going around the
neighborhoods to get more money, and the way they
talked, 'If you want extra work done around here,
we'll do it,'" the victim said.
Deputies said that the two men matching the same
description attempted to burglarize another home,
but were startled by a woman inside, and ran off.
"The first thing is to be aware of this kind of
scam," Brandon Haught of the Volusia Country
Sheriff's Office said.
The sheriff's office warned people to be alert.
"They are looking for people who might be living
alone, older, don't see very well, don't hear
very well. It's a sad state of affairs, yes,"
Detectives asked people to be aware of the two
suspects who drove a white pickup. One man was
described as heavy set with considerable acne on
his face. The other is thinner with a goatee.