Sneak theft in Canton prompts warning from police
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 12:05 pm

CANTON – After an incident of theft on Riverside Drive Thursday, Canton Village Police are warning residents to be wary of individuals coming to their houses seeking to use the bathroom or get a drink of water.

Police said a white female, age 18 to 25, went to a Riverside Drive house at about 3 p.m. and asked the homeowner to use the bathroom, and when she was done, to get a drink of water in the kitchen.

The homeowner waited near the front entrance for the woman to reappear.

After visitor had left, the elderly resident discovered that $33 had been taken from his wallet.

A further inventory of the home revealed that numerous prescription medications had been moved from their original locations in a kitchen cupboard, but none were missing.

Police are asking residents to be alert for strangers coming to their homes who are unknown to them.

Police believe this incident was intended to target an elderly person who lives alone or who gets services from a caregiver who might not always be there.

The Canton Police Department asks residents to call them if they become aware of family or others who might have been approached by people they don’t know seeking to gain entrance to their homes under suspicious circumstances.