The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of “distraction” burglaries that have taken place recently in Pembroke and Batavia.
Deputies say the thieves, while pretending to be workers, have tricked residents into showing them something in their backyard. While the resident is out of the house, deputies say another thief went inside.
In the first incident, deputies say a man in a white SUV told a resident on Batavia-Elba Townline Road that he was checking phone lines and needed to see where lines were buried in the backyard.
While the suspect and the resident were in the backyard, another man entered the home and stole cash and jewelry before relative interrupted the break-in. The suspects hopped in the SUV, possibly a KIA, and took off headed west.
In another instance, a man asked a resident on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke to see trees in the backyard that the suspect said may need to be cut down. While the two went into the backyard, a second man knocked on the front door and spoke to another resident. That resident spotted a third suspect sneaking out of a side door.
All three then got into a white SUV and took off.
The suspects had cell phones and/or two-way radios in both instances, deputies said.
Any other residents that have been approached are asked to call 911.