Pinecrest

Pinecrest police looking for burglar who bamboozled 70-year-old lady

Skippy Thompson, identified by a 70-year-old victim as one of the three men who robbed her home in February. Pinecrest police are searching for Thompson.
Skippy Thompson, identified by a 70-year-old victim as one of the three men who robbed her home in February. Pinecrest police are searching for Thompson. CITY OF PINECREST

Pinecrest police are searching for 22-year-old Skippy Thompson, identified by a 70-year-old woman as one of a trio who suckered her out into her backyard then robbed her home of $5,000 jewelry behind her back in February.

They’re also searching for the owner of a gold medallion found in a black pickup truck impounded from Mitchell Miller and Tommy Thompson, believed by police to be Skippy Thompson’s partners. In returning what might be stolen property, police hope to find another person who can give them more information on the con artists referred to as “gypsy burglars” by the Pinecrest police.

In the Pinecrest con, the three men got the victim to remove her two wedding rings by spilling liquid on her hands and telling her that the liquid’s toxicity meant it needed to be immediately removed. Such groups target senior citizens with distraction and just enough chaos to breed confusion.

Pinecrest police found Miller and Tommy Thompson in Broward County, where Broward Sheriff’s Office held warrants for their arrest for robberies with a similar style. BSO took Miller and Thompson into custody. Skippy Thompson’s the one identified by the victim.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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