A Bedford woman was a victim in a burglary when a male visitor to her home created a diversion outside while his accomplices snuck into her home and stole jewelry, cash and a safe, police said.
The woman, an elderly resident of a Locust Drive home, said she answered the door at about 2 p.m. on May 10 and a man asked her to come outside so he could show her something on her property. Eventually, she said, she told the man to leave her home. When she re-entered the house she discovered it had been ransacked.
Police said the thieves dragged a safe from the master bedroom downstairs and out the front door, leaving groove marks on the front steps.
"It's unfortunate when unsuspecting homeowners are preyed upon," said Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Dickan. "If someone arrives at your house that you don't know, we recommend speaking through the closed door if you suspect something. Residents should not hesitate to call the police."
Dickan said the motto 'if you see something, say something' is not just for combatting terrorism, it could apply to everyday situations where things seem unusual.