Northeast Fresno residents are being asked to look out for their elderly neighbors after reports of men showing up at homes of senior citizens during the day and entering at night.
Police Lt. Burke Farrah said the department received reports of suspects entering homes of elderly residents in the area of First Street and Sierra Avenues after they had knocked earlier in the day, asking for water in one case and pretending to look for a friend at the home in another case.
In both cases, Farrah said, the men entered the homes later those nights, threatening and stealing from the victims.
The department’s Street Violence Section is working with detectives from the northeast policing district to locate suspects, Farrah said. The only descriptions the victims have provided is that the men were in their 20s.
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Suspects involved in this activity face felony charges including robbery, elder abuse, false imprisonment and auto theft charges, Farrah said.
The department cautioned residents Friday against opening the door to unknown individuals. Farrah said residents should ask for identification before allowing anyone into their home.
For security, Farrah said, all doors and windows should be locked at night and outside lights should be turned on.
Anyone with information on the reported break-ins is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 555-498-7867.