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OKC Police Warn Against Group Of Burglary Suspects Targeting The Elderly

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Oklahoma City police are warning against a group of transient travelers known for luring elderly victims out of their homes, and then committing burglaries. 

According to police, the department's burglary unit is currently attempting to locate and identify a group of transient travelers who have moved into the Oklahoma City area. These suspects have been known to move into an area and stay from several weeks to a month. During that time, they prey on elderly victims using different scams to get the victims to pay them money or lure them out of their houses to commit burglaries.

These transient suspects have been known to stay at camp sites or area motels, police said.

The suspects in the metro area would tell the victims that they are employed as utility workers for the city. In each case, they have lured the victims out of their homes and used excuses such as needing to bury power lines or to check utility meters in the victims' backyards. Once one of the suspects gets the victim in the back yard, another suspect moves in and takes property from the victim's home, according to police.

These transient suspects have been described as Hispanic or white males. The suspects have been seen wearing work clothes or vests and hard hats. They have been seen driving a 4 door tan or silver Dodge Ram truck. This truck is likely to be a newer model vehicle and has been described as being kept very clean and shiny. 

Police said the suspects usually set orange cones around the vehicle while they commit these burglaries to give the appearance they are doing legitimate work.

The following residential burglary cases are believed to be related and committed by this group:

3200 block of N.W. 34th Street- May 3

1200 block of S.W. 35th St.- May 11

1700 block of Exchange Ave.- May 15

If you see something suspicious, call 911. If you have information on these cases, call Crime Stoppers (405)-235-7300.

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