Friday, October 16, 2009

Scam & Theft In Williston Highlands Area


Williston, Florida- On October 15, 2009 two white males approached a residence in the Williston Highlands Neighborhood, knocked on the door, and then opened it and walked inside saying "Hello?, Hello?" The owner then said "who is it?" and they replied that their father had put the roof on this house and they were there to inspect the shingles. They advised the elderly woman that she needed to put on a pot of boiling water so they could test the shingles. The subject then asked the woman to walk around and tap on all the walls to make sure they were structurally sound.  The younger of the two men stayed with her the whole time and was advising her that his partner was on the roof checking the shingles. It appears that while the one man was with the woman, the other was going through her home stealing items. By her knocking on the walls, the second man always knew where she was--giving him free rein of the house. The men then left in a white pick-up or a white panel van. Around the same time, the same men went across the street and attempted to enter another residence. They knocked on the door, the owner came to door and was told the same story about the roof. The owner told him that his roof had not been put on by the subject's father as he had stated, and denied the men entry into the home. The men left. The younger of the two appeared to do all the talking.

Description of subjects:
1. White male, approximately 20 years old, 5'5 to  5'6, dark short hair, medium to heavy build

2. White male, approximately 60 years old,  approximately 5'9, salt and pepper hair, muscular build

There were conflicting descriptions of the vehicle.  One described it as a white pick-up, unknown year or make. The other described the vehicle as a white panel van.  Please remember all of the basic crime prevention tips that will make your house less attractive to would-be burglars or thieves and remember to lock your doors at all times and not lot anyone in your home and not to open the front door if you do not know them.

 As always, if you see anything suspicious, please immediately call the Levy County Sheriffs Office at 486-5111.  If you witness a crime in progress, please dial 911.  Neighborhood residents are our best defense against criminals.  Please stay alert for suspicious activity,look out your windows and pass this information to others.