Asphalt Sealing then Purse Snatching

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Crime Alert!
On 07/29/15 at 1:00 pm, the Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to theft of purse complaint from a residence.
The elderly victim was approached by a 30’s male white (clean shaven operating a beige or gray work van with a black trailer containing a sealant tank) indicating that he was with an asphalt company “working in the area” and he had “extra sealer.”
A short time later the victim allowed the suspect to enter her home after the work was completed. The suspect insisted on a cash payment at which time the victim retrieved her purse.
Upon returning to the kitchen victim now found another male white in her home. After paying the suspects the victim was asked for a glass of water turning her attention away from the purse. She explained that the suspect took a sip of water and left her residence. Sometime later the victim noticed that her purse was missing.
This type of theft has occurred in the area in the past. Suspect(s) will pretend to be legitimate worker(s) and approach senior citizen home owners at their residences with a seemingly legitimate ruse. Their real purpose is to divert the homeowner while their accomplices search for currency and jewelry.
Often times the suspects have been known to ask a victim to break a $100 bill or ask the victim to pay in cash. This allows the suspect(s) to determine where the victim keeps their money. The victim is distracted either inside or outside the house. Once the victim is distracted, the suspect enter will remove the money, jewelry or other valuables.
Report
If you are a victim of theft or observe suspicious activity please contact the Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls Police Department immediately at
(262) 532-8700. Village of Menomonee Falls Police Department W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road Menomonee Falls WI 53051-3140 Non Emergency Telephone: 262.532.8700 FAX 262.532.8769 Website: www.menomonee.falls.org