Clean-cut trio distracts, robs elderly couple

We’ll call this a “golf collar” crime against the elderly. And it’s just plain mean.

Marietta police are asking for the public’s help to identify three clean-cut burglars that distracted an older couple just long enough to steal their valuables earlier this week.

One homeowner told police he was out working in the yard around 11 a.m. Monday when a white, unmarked minivan pulled into this driveway. Three men, all clean-shaven, wearing khaki pants and polo shirts, and believed to between the ages of 35-40, got out of the van.

The van’s driver told the homeowner his fence was built beyond the property line, and said he arrived at the home to take measurements. The homeowner walked with the man.

Meanwhile, the two other suspects entered the Atwood Drive and began helping themselves to valuables, according to police. The homeowner’s wife came out of a back bedroom and confronted the two men she saw pilfering in her home.

“The two men were startled and said they were looking for a pencil and paper and quickly left the residence,” Officer David Baldwin with Marietta police said Friday.

All three men got back into the minivan and left the home, but by then the damage was done. The homeowners called police to report the incident and their missing valuables, Baldwin said.

Anyone with information on this case, or any similar case, is asked to contact Detective Rader at 770-794-5388 or the Marietta police anonymous tip line at 770-794-6990.

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Subroto Sarkar-----Social Worker and (Retd) Management consultant and Industrialist

September 1st, 2012
9:02 am

It is desired that identification of the concern person be produced before doing measurement work. Further police should advise people to note down the number of the cars. Govt people should have their car painted in a special car as police had. Had this been practiced a doubt would have come into the mind of elderly couple. I have seen a policeman who came to enquire about a person who had jumped debt repayment in plain clothes. Simply he introduced himself as from Police. Any way later I followed him and saw him boarding a police car that convinced me his real position.

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