CRIME ALERT: Scam targets elderly inside their own homes

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Investigators are looking for the men making their way into area homes by pretending to sell carpet or flooring, then stealing items from unsuspecting homeowners.

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office calls this a scam targeting the elderly.

On the morning of October 21, two men talked their way into a home along the 10300 block of Georgetown Road in Hanover, Hanover Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Whitley wrote in an email. The men tricked the homeowner into thinking they were selling carpet.

"During the demo, the suspects held up a large piece of vinyl flooring, measuring approximately 8’ X 7’, which prevented the victim from seeing behind it," Whitley wrote. "It is believed that a third suspect entered the residence, shielded by the vinyl, and went undetected by the victim as the theft occurred."

The thieves stole money and jewelry from the home. A similar crime took place in Hanover back in March.

The sheriff's office described the suspects as white males, one 35 - 45 years old, the other 18 - 25 years old. In the March incident, witnesses told investigators the men drove off in a brown or tan vehicle.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.