MENTOR -- An elderly Mentor man had his home burglarized after opening his door for what he thought was a consultation with a tree trimming business.
Police say a woman went to the man's home on Forest Lane claiming to represent the tree trimming business. The victim let her inside the home and then showed her the back yard.
The victim says the woman was on her cell phone the whole time.
A short time later, the woman's male partner then entered the home and took items from the man's bedroom while the woman and victim were outside.
A home health aide encountered the male suspect coming out of the man's bedroom. When the aide attempted to talk to the victim both the man and woman fled from the home.
The victim told police that a diamond ring, gold coins, and $100 bills were taken from his home totaling more than $35,000.
Police are searching for a silver or white SUV with a rear lift door.
Police offer the following tips:
- Do NOT allow unknown persons into your home or allow them to occupy your time in an area outside your home.
- If you believe the visitors are legitimate service providers and you are interested make an appointment for them to return when you can have someone in the house with you.
- Schemes such as this typically target the elderly, but are not solely limited to them.