GLENDORA — In a new twist on an old scheme known as a “distraction burglary,” two swindlers used a young girl to help them empty an elderly woman’s home of valuable Tuesday, police said.
The burglary took place about 11 a.m. in the 1600 block of Suffolk Place, Glendora police Lt. Jaime Caldwell said.
An 89-year-old woman was in front of her home when she was approached by a woman, described only as a white woman in her 60s, who asked if she had housekeeping work available and kept elderly resident engaged in conversation, the lieutenant said.
As the victim was occupied by the woman, a white man in his 20s got out of a vehicle with a girl of about 5 years old, Caldwell said.
The man asked if he and his daughter could use the resident’s bathroom, and the complied, Caldwell said. They were inside the house for about 10 minutes.
Once the man, woman and child had left, the resident discovered that about $1,700 worth of cash and jewelry were missing from her home, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendora Police Department.