Hanover, VA – The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two similar larceny incidents that appear to be targeting the elderly. On September 21, 2017, in the 13000 block of Verdon Road, a white male, possibly Hispanic, made contact with the homeowners and indicated he was doing tree work at a neighbor’s residence. The individual indicated that he needed to verify the property lines and asked the homeowners to step outside and assist him. While outside, the homeowners noticed another white male, also possibly Hispanic, standing near their residence. After the suspects left the residence, the homeowners noticed cash and other personal items missing from their home.
On September 28, 2017, in the 15000 block of Pouncey Tract Road, a similar incident occurred. A white male, possibly Hispanic, stated to the homeowner he was a contractor for a power company and needed to survey the tree line. When the homeowner returned to his residence, cash was missing.
The suspects in both incidents are described as white males, possibly Hispanic, between 30-40 years of age. In one incident the suspect was observed operating a light green pickup truck. In another incident the suspects were observed operating a black van.
The Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages the public to not step outside of their home to speak with individuals they do not know. It appears that these individuals are victimizing senior citizens in our community. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately if this type of situation occurs at your residence or if you observe any suspicious activity in your community.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.