Bratt Woman, 80, Falls Victim To Burglars’ Scam As Husband Showers

April 12, 2018

An 80-year old Bratt woman fell victim to the scam of burglars that stole her wedding rings while her husband, also 80, was in the shower.

The woman told deputies that an unknown Hispanic male dressed as a construction worker knocked at her front door. He stated that he was with a tree trimming company and they were doing work in the woods behind her home on North Highway 99 and needed her to show him where the property line was so they would not damage trees on her property.

She walked toward the back of the property with the man, but got an uneasy feeling as he tried to get her further away from the home. She told him to leave the property. She began to walk back to the house where she found a second Hispanic male standing in the driveway near her husband’s truck, also dressed in work attire type clothing. She told both of them to leave her property.

The two men were returning  to their truck when a third Hispanic male ran out of the house and jumped in the truck. He was also dressed in work clothing.

She went inside to check on her husband , who was in the shower, and discovered jewelry missing — including her custom made wedding rings and an anniversary ring and other items worth several thousand dollars. Nothing else was reported missing.

The husband told deputies he was in the shower and heard someone in the house but thought it was his wife until he walked out of the bathroom and discovered a Hispanic male standing directly across from him in the bedroom doorway.

The suspect then immediately asked the location of all faucets in the house, saying there was “poison” in the water from a busted water line. The suspect turned on all the faucets in the bathroom. The husband, thinking something was actually wrong, followed the Hispanic male toward the kitchen. But he decided something did not feel right and headed back to his bedroom to retrieve his gun, He saw a second male standing next to a dresser near his wife’s purse. He yelled at them to leave and grabbed his gun as they ran out of the house.

One of the suspects was described as being heavier set with a mustache.

The truck was described as being a newer model that was silver in color. There was nothing identifiable on the truck such as a company name, logo or decals.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is also looking for the same, or a similar, truck involved a burglary involving two Hispanic male male suspects. The truck, pictured above, was seen in Pace in Milton.

Anyone with information should contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-620, Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 983-1190, or the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers Program at (850) 437-STOP.


12 Responses to “Bratt Woman, 80, Falls Victim To Burglars’ Scam As Husband Showers”

  1. Charlie earl bodiford on April 13th, 2018 11:46 pm

    Those people were very lucky they are still alive! I know this family personally and the guy in the shower will shoot you grave yard dead!

  2. Howie on April 13th, 2018 9:02 pm

    Come to my house and I’ll show you the woods and property line. You won’t make it back to your truck. You will have an UNLUCKY day.

  3. Molino on April 13th, 2018 1:11 am

    This happen to me last Friday afternoon.
    He had the same sale pitch, same truck, Hispanic, but only one person came to the door. I did not fall for it .

  4. Unknown on April 12th, 2018 3:57 pm

    Roll up to my house I’ll show you where the tree line is

  5. William on April 12th, 2018 1:03 pm

    >>The picture of the truck in this article, is that the truck or just a similar truck?

    The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is also looking for the same, or a similar, truck involved a burglary involving two Hispanic male male suspects. The truck, pictured above, was seen in Pace in Milton.

  6. Northend resident on April 12th, 2018 12:42 pm

    The picture of the truck in this article, is that the truck or just a similar truck?

    We live in Bratt, will certainly be on the look out and ready to report if I see them.

  7. SF on April 12th, 2018 9:59 am

    Hopefully the next house will be the last. The world is better off without scum like this. Sad, even if they are caught, one of our leftist judges will make sure they are right back out on the street. Protect what is yours!!!! Our judicial system sure won’t

  8. Molino on April 12th, 2018 9:10 am

    We don’t answer the door without a gun in hand, and the kids know not to open the door to anyone period. It’s sad this world is getting so bad you can’t even have a door unlocked ever. Have to lock the door just to go out in the yard.

  9. Leon Bradley on April 12th, 2018 8:55 am

    You know its really sad you have to take a weapon in the dang shower with you. Well almost getting to that point, all I have to say to the thieves if they come to my house the WILL leave with some buckshot in their ass.

  10. mike on April 12th, 2018 7:58 am

    get yer gun in hand b4 answering (verbally) a knock at the door. also good is to not answer at first, see if they try the door. if they do you know you may need to prepare to shoot a prowler. :D

  11. Preacher’s Wife on April 12th, 2018 7:19 am

    How sad :( Surely there is a special place in hell for people who prey on the elderly. Will be praying that they get caught..

  12. Tabby on April 12th, 2018 6:26 am

    Those thieves better quit it now. Their lucky to be alive. The folks they robbed are lucky also. Just a dangerous situation. Go to work and stop stealing people.

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