Sacto 9-1-1
May 31, 2011
Suspect identified in Sacramento home burglary scam

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for a 33-year-old Bobby John (below), who is wanted in connection with a burglary in which he allegedly used a ruse to get the victim out of the targeted house.

Bobby John.jpgFrom March through May, the Police Department investigated 12 burglaries in which suspects posing as plumbers or contractors approached elderly victims in their homes. The suspects used a ruse to get the victims to go into their backyard. While the resident was outside the house, accomplices went inside and burglarized the home.

On April 15, John allegedly contacted the victim at a home in the 6000 block of Tahoe Way posing as a contractor, according to a Police Department news release. The victim went with the suspect into the backyard to look at a water leak.

Police said the victim recalled reading about the scam in the newspaper and went to the front of his house. He saw three people run from his house with property and get into a white pickup truck.

Detectives developed information that led them to identify John as one of the suspects, according to the news release.

John is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police said he is on non-revocable parole.

Although he currently is sought in connection with one burglary, police said the investigation is continuing to determine whether he was involved in the other 11 burglaries.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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