A father, his brother and two sons were arrested Tuesday after detectives say one family member distracted a 92-year-old woman in Tamarac, while the other three went into her home and stole more than $500, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
The foursome's truck, a 2011 silver Dodge Ram, was under surveillance by the Broward Sheriff's Office Burglary Apprehension Team and Boca Raton Police Department detectives. BSO said the group was wanted for distraction thefts targeting the elderly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
According to an arrest report, David Thompson, 53, exited the parked truck and knocked on the door of a home in the 7800 block of Northwest 83rd Street in Tamarac.
David Thompson told the homeowner, Mayetta Scartz, 92, that he had to go in the backyard to clean debris and treat the lawn for insects.
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Scartz met him in the backyard, but did not lock her front door, according to the report.
While she was in the backyard, David Thompson's brother Rocky Thompson, 51, and his two sons, Skippy Thompson, 21, and Bill Thompson, 24, went into the home.
The men did not realize that the officers were watching.
Soon after, all four men returned to the truck and they took off. Officers continued to follow.
Meanwhile, members of the Burglary Apprehension Team spoke to Scartz, who said there were two envelopes with money missing from her purse.
The officers pulled the truck over and the Thompsons were arrested on charges including grand theft and burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Valerie Devlin at 954-321-4100 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477).