Police: Woman, child distracted homeowner in burglary

DIX HILLS - Police say a woman and a child kept an elderly homeowner occupied in his yard while a thief stole valuables from his home in the latest reported case of a so-called distraction burglary. Investigators say the woman and young child approached a Dix Hills senior citizen and complimented the flowers in his yard. They asked him if they could get a closer look at his garden. While he showed them his plants, police say a third person went inside the man's home and stole cash and jewelry. The victim declined to be interviewed by News 12 Long Island, but neighbors say it's a shame that the thieves preyed upon a nice man who's enthusiastic about his garden. Police are reminding homeowners to be wary of any contractor who approaches with an offer to do unsolicited work. They say residents should be mindful of their surroundings when talking to strangers, and should demand identification from people who claim to work for utilities.Cops: Brazen burglar poses as town worker, targets elderly couplePolice: Bethpage senior targeted in 'distraction burglary'Seminar held to protect seniors from thieves

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