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Novi Police Warn Against 'Gypsy Scams'

Several older adults had their homes burglarized in November.

The Novi Police Department would like to remind citizens of the importance of keeping your house locked, even when you are home, and not allowing any strangers into your residence. Recently, a diversion tactic commonly referred
to as a “Gypsy Scams” has been used to gain entry into the home of older community members to steal valuables.

During the month of November, older adults were approached at their homes and engaged in a conversation by a female suspect described below. The woman uses various stories to gain the trust of the homeowner and is ultimately invited into the home. Once inside, the woman distracts the homeowner while the man described below sneaks into the home and steals jewelry and/or cash. Those targeted live in residential neighborhoods.

Female Suspect

  • Approximately 5’3’’ tall
  • 30-40 years of age
  • Heavy-set build with a round face
  • Dark, collar length hair
  • Medium skin tone

Male Suspect

  • Approximately 6’ tall
  • Thin build
  • Short dark hair
  • Medium skin tone

Suspect Vehicle

  • White Ford Edge or Explorer

“It is imperative citizens are educated about criminal acts and informed of crime trends in their community so they can take preventative measures,” said David Molloy, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police. “In this case, we are asking everyone to have a watchful eye on our older citizens, especially those living alone, and encourage anyone observing suspicious activity to call the Novi Police Department immediately.”

Anyone with information regarding these or similar incidents is encouraged to contact Detective Kristie Gruenwald at 248-348-7100 or kgruenwald@cityofnovi.org.

—The above information was provided in a press release.

Antoinette Fett December 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
We received a Bolo this past week from an area department for an Albanian woman in a white mini-van forcing her way into an elderly female's home and getting money.

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