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Sheriff's Office: Thieves posed as salesmen in heist

By Joe Beck

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is searching for three men who took a large, undisclosed amount of money, including cash and antique coins, from an elderly man's home at about 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Maj. Scott Proctor said two of the perpetrators entered the victim's home in the 1000 block of Hahns Lane in Toms Brook by posing as linoleum flooring salesmen.

"They distracted the individual to the point that the third perpetrator entered the home unnoticed," Proctor said.

Proctor said the third perpetrator took the cash and antique coins. All three left the home and drove away in a sedan of unknown make and model, Proctor said.

"We have very little information to go on at this point," Proctor said, adding that anyone who saw anything suspicious at the time and place of the theft should call the Sheriff's Office at 459-6100.

Proctor said the victim appeared to have been chosen at random.

Proctor called the ruse of posing as a salesman to gain access to someone's home a common method among thieves.

"Unfortunately, they target the elderly, in this case the victim was an elderly male, and they basically cause disruption by distracting the person with whatever they're trying to sell," Proctor said. "That enables that second or third person to get into the home and start going through the victim's belongings."

Replacement windows, flooring and other home improvement products are commonly used sales pitches in thefts, Proctor said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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