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Southern Regional Police Detectives say the burglar comes to your home and offers a lawn service. While you are distracted, another burglar makes his way into your home and robs you of cash, jewelry and personal belongings. Police are investigating an incident earlier this month in Shrewsbury. It happened on Virginia Avenue. The victim is 78-year-old Shirley Swam. One burglar lured her to her backyard and recommended a tree trimming service. That’s when another person ran into her bedroom, stole $1000, rings and a bracelet.

Detective Dan Teague says there’s a reason why victims are around the same age. “The elderly seem to be trusting, a lot of times, people believe they’re doing right a lot of people believe the elderly have some money saved up and keep it in their house.”

Teague says there are measures to take so you don’t fall victim. He says, “If somebody comes to the door you weren’t expecting and claim to be from a business, are they in uniform? ID? A work vehicle? If something seems suspicious with their story, by all means call us right away.”

Teague describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic female in her mid-twenties. She had a male with her. They were driving a large white GMC SUV.

Teague says the burglaries have most recently taken place in Springfield Township, York County, Ephrata, Lancaster County and Baltimore County. State Police are also investigating some of the crimes. If you have any information you’re asked to contact your local police department.