A trio of would-be burglars posing as utility workers were arrested, after an alert neighbor contacted police when they aroused suspicion.
Police said that George Peres, 33; Tony Peres 46; and Sebastian Peres, 33, pulled their vehicle into a driveway on Hufsmith Road the evening of Oct. 9. Police said that one of the men posed as a utility worker and spoke with the elderly woman living at the home.
Cpt. Rick Grassi told the Tribune that the man then led the homeowner to the back of the house, under the pretense of showing her where a utility dig needed to take place.
That's when the two other men ran into the woman's home, ransacking it, while grabbing more than $70,000 worth of jewelry.
Grassi said it was an alert neighbor and a little luck that allowed police to catch the three men.
"A neighbor saw the other two men run into the house and thought that something didn't look right and called us to tell us they thought their neighbor was being robbed," Grassi said. "As luck would have it we were nearby on the scene of a traffic incident and we responded to the scene. The suspects were still blocked in the victim's driveway due to traffic being backed up. As soon as we arrived the victim came out yelling that she had been robbed."
Police then arrested the three at the scene and charged them with Burglary of a Habitation, a felony.
Police believe that Sebastian Peres may be a false name and are still seeking to verify his identity.
Grassi said that this case is a prime example of neighbors looking out for one another and not being afraid to call police when they see suspicious activity.
“It all boils down to neighborhood watch,” he said. “Far too often people don't call us when they see something that just isn't right, but we ask that people remain alert, watch out for their neighbors and call us when something doesn't seem right.”
Grassi also said that detectives will be looking into similar cases around the area to determine if the men are involved in other burglaries.
Police warn residents that if you have a suspicious person claiming they are a utility worker show up at your door in unmarked vehicles to contact police immediately.