Police worry about pattern of home burglaries

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:11:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 11:48:02 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two similar home burglaries on the Westside during daylight hours on Tuesday have Jacksonville police worried this may be a developing pattern.

At 12:45 p.m., a homeowner on North Cahoon Road was approached by a subject selling lawn care services, but the resident had to leave due to a company emergency. Upon returning home, the victim found that assorted jewelry and cash had been stolen from her home.

Just more than four hours later, the resident of a home on nearby Jones Road was approached by a similar subject selling tree surgeon services and eventually told the man that she was not interested. When she returned to her home, she also discovered that a significant amount of property, including jewelry, had been stolen from the residence.

The burglar has been described as a Hispanic man, possibly mid 20s to mid 30s, between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches, weighing between 130 and 165 pounds, and was driving a white or gray SUV.

These two cases match at least one additional case which has occurred in the last month on Jacksonville’s Westside involving a suspect matching the same  description who was targeting retirees using the same story.

Anyone with any information about the location or identity of the burglar is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.