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'Friendly' suspects target elderly with landscaping ruse

LAS VEGAS -- Some suspects are using a daring move to gain entrance into homes so they can distract the homeowner and steal cash or jewelry, police said.

Metro Police have investigated three incidents in the past week near Jones Boulevard and Desert Inn Road.

The men posed as landscapers to distract the homeowners and seemed to target older people, police said.

Peggy Jager has lived at her home for 10 years.

"My neighbors, there's four of us here, and we watch out for each other," she said.

Her neighbors are also senior citizens.

Recently she had to help one out when someone tried breaking in.

"They broke her window on the side of the house and she heard it," Jager said.

Although Jager has a home security system, she does worry about someone coming to her front door.

Metro Police say, in the last few days, three men posing as landscapers have been going to elderly citizen's homes. One of them talks with the homeowner while the other two sneak inside and steal cash and jewelry. Within minutes, they leave the home and the homeowner is likely unaware anything was taken until later.

Surveillance video and still photos of the three suspects can be viewed here.

Another of Jager's next door neighbors, Harry Horner says he's always hesitant when strangers knock on his door. He says he always asks for a business card and says he'll give the person a phone call.

Metro Police say, using barriers like a screen door or using an intercom system can keep the wrong people from trying to get in to your house.

"You can't just let them have open house in your house," Jager said.

Police say the suspects posing as landscapers in these burglaries came off very friendly.

Anyone with any information about the identity or location of these suspects, or any information about these crimes, is urged to contact the LVMPD Enterprise Area Command Property Crimes Section at 702-828-4809.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555 or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.