A Burton couple was burglarized while a woman allegedly distracted them in the backyard of their Elderberry Drive home on Friday, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
The husband and wife told deputies that a blonde woman, dressed nicely and driving a small white sedan, came to their home and claimed to work for a contracting company that was making plans to add lights in the park behind their home, according to the report.
The three walked to the backyard and spoke for about 20 minutes while the woman asked, among other things, if they had a dog in the house and if anyone else lived there. Throughout the visit, the woman was holding a walkie-talkie, according to the report.
Then the woman said she was going to get a brochure from her car for them and then immediately drove off, according to the report.
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The couple later found what appeared to be pry marks on their front door and some open drawers throughout the home, and a bag was reported missing, according to the report.
A Bluffton homeowner reported a similar incident at her Pinckney Colony Road home on Friday, Capt. Bob Bromage of the Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon. In this incident, a blonde woman in a white car claimed to be from Palmetto Electric and wanted to show the homeowner where a line would be going up behind her house, he said. The homeowner left her front door unlocked as she led the woman to the backyard. The homeowner later discovered that gold rings worth about $3,000 and $20 in cash had been stolen from her bedroom.
If anyone should encounter this situation, call law enforcement, Bromage said.