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Woman falls victim to distraction scheme


Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, February 2, at about 1:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a distraction theft that occurred at a home in the 1800 block of Sabal Palm Drive in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.


The victim told officers  two men came to her front door and told her there was a water problem on the street and they needed to check her water.  The suspects entered the home and went to the kitchen with the victim.  One suspect sprayed a solution into the sink and intentionally sprayed the victim’s hand.  They told her to immediately wash her hand since the solution could burn.  The victim went into the bathroom, took off her diamond ring and washed her hands.  One suspect then told her to follow him back to the kitchen and he would show her how to properly wash the solution off.


The suspects told the victim they had cream for her hand and a solution to clean her ring in their truck.  The victim waited inside and when the suspects did not return, she went to retrieve her ring and discovered it was gone.


The suspects are described as about 25 years old, both were wearing jeans, one had a small checked t-shirt and brown hair.  The other suspect wore a yellow vest and yellow hat and had brown hair and a goatee.


Crimes like this one are far too common in South Florida.  We encourage people to remain vigilant and not allow strangers in their home.  Any legitimate worker(s) will have identification and have it clearly displayed.  If anyone has information about this crime they are asked to call Detective James Giumenta at (561) 338-1303 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.


Suspect #1:                   Suspect #2:

White male                    White Male

25 years old                   25 years old

Brown Hair                    Jeans

Jeans                              Yellow vest/hat

Checked T-shirt             Brown Hair & Goatee