Elderly woman robbed by phony door-to-door solicitors

DOWNEY - Downey Police are warning residents to beware of door-to-door solicitors after they say an elderly resident was robbed by a team of thieves Tuesday night.The woman, who lives on the 8500 block of Cherokee Street, answered the door for a female Hispanic in her 50s. The suspect asked the woman if she could wash her windows and use the bathroom. The resident let the woman inside and the two went into the kitchen. Moments later, the victim walked out of the kitchen and saw a male Hispanic, about 17-18 years old, walking down her hallway towards the front door. The victim told both suspects to leave her home immediately. After they left, the woman checked her bedroom and discovered that the man had stolen $25 out of her purse. The female suspect may have an "M" tattoo on her left upper chest. They may be driving a dark-colored four-door vehicle. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Jerry Price at (562) 904-2359. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling (800) 222-TIPS or online at lacrimestoppers.org.

********** Published: June 28, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 11