Police warn of burglars targeting elderly in Phoenix, Glendale

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GLENDALE -- Police say two burglars are targeting the elderly in Phoenix and Glendale, gaining access to their homes by claiming to be new neighbors, previous neighbors or potential buyers of a home in the neighborhood.

The suspects ask to enter the victim's home to use the restroom or get a drink of water. In one incident the suspects asked if they could compare floor plans of the victim's home with another in the neighborhood.

While one suspect distracts the victim, the other goes to the victim's bedroom to look for valuables. In all of the burglaries, small, easily concealed jewelry items were taken.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 40-50 years old, 6-foot-3-inches tall, 200 pounds with grayish hair. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20-40 years old, 5-feet-9-inches tall and 180 pounds. Both suspects have also been described as being of Middle Eastern descent. In four of the burglary reports, witnesses indicate a red late model four-door vehicle may have been involved.

Police want to caution residents to be vigilant of suspicious people or unusual requests to enter their home.

Anyone with information about the two suspects, or anyone involved in a similar incident, is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3000.