Thieves posing as workers targeting Walworth County homeowners
WALWORTH COUNTY The Walworth County Sheriff's Department is warning homeowners of unsolicited workers offering services for payment after two incidents in the last 24 hours of area residents being targeted this way in thefts and robberies.
According to a sheriff's department release, in both cases, the suspects, driving pick up trucks, pulled into the driveways of homeowners, asking if they could do some work for them.
The trucks were described as a gray 2003 Chevy Silverado with a ladder rack and a newer-model Dodge full three-quarter-ton pickup truck.
The "jobs" the workers offer to do may include painting the home, yard clean-up, sealing the driveway, and even lightning rod inspection on the roof of the house.
While the homeowner is talking with one suspect during the inspection or estimate, another suspect will attempt to enter the house and take valuables.
The suspects tend to target elderly homeowners or those living alone so they have easier access to the home. Victims may not know of the theft until they happen to go to a jewelry box or chest of drawers days later.
Sheriff David Graves is asking all Walworth County residents to be aware of these types of scams, reminding people that legitimate businesses that perform these types of services generally do not go door to door to generate business.
Neighbors, friends and relatives of the elderly and those who live alone should share the warning with them. Any suspicious activity in a neighborhood should be reported; call (262) 741-4400.