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Posted: 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Clark sheriff: Beware property scam, fake inspectors

By Breaking News Staff

SPRINGFIELD —

The Clark County Sheriff's Office and Buckeye Sheriff's Association are warning residents about a property scam that has ended in one residential burglary and one attempted burglary.

Sheriff Gene Kelly, in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon, said deputies in Ohio counties have taken reports in the past week that involved males posing as inspectors who approached homeowners asking to inspect their property lines.

In one of the incidents, the homeowner discovered that their residence had been entered and money had been stolen. The burglary was believed to have occurred when one male kept the victim outside on the pretense that property lines had to be checked for a governmental agency while a second male invaded the residence.

In the other incident, the homeowner, talking with one male about property lines and a neighbor's fence project, retreated back inside his residence when he saw a second male enter his yard, claiming to be checking property lines.

The sheriff's office reminds that any employee of a governmental agency or utility company will have a photo ID issued by the company or agency. Anyone who encounters the kind of situation described in this report is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the sheriff's office at 937-328-2560.

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