Attempted Home Ruse Burglary on Hood Avenue

The plot was foiled thanks to a Homewood resident's suspicions, according to police reports.

A Homewood resident foiled an attempted two-man ruse burglary at his Hood Ave. home on Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to police.

Police say a grey car parked in the man’s driveway around 3 p.m. and a man exited, claiming to be a new neighbor. The resident invited the “neighbor” inside, but quickly grew suspicious as the stranger tried to persuade him to go to the back of the house, according to the report. As the resident protested, another man made a surprise entrance through the front door, police said. Reports say the resident “started screaming at the offenders to get out of the house” and the two strangers fled westbound on Linden Road.

Police say they searched the area for the man but were unable to find them. 

Police describe the first man as a heavily built Hispanic man, roughly six foot three inches tall and between 40 and 45 years of age. The second man is described as a five foot seven Hispanic male with a heavy build.

Ruse burglaries typically occur when one burglar tries to distract a resident while another slips in undetected to steal valuables. If you notice any suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, don't hesitate to call Homewood police.

Police report information is provided by the Homewood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Brandon January 03, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Sadb January 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM
There Goes the Neighborhood, Home Sweet Homiewood!!!
Concerned mom January 03, 2013 at 04:43 PM
This happened to our elderly neighbors not too long ago. Good thing I came home in time to foil these guys. They were Hispanic and sound similar
Jason Hitchens January 03, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Your Home Sweet Homiewood comment wasn't clever the first time you posted it.


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