Crime

He told her he was an exterminator, but the only thing he removed was jewelry, cops say

An elderly couple in Delray Beach recently found themselves victims of a “scam artist” posing as an exterminator, police said.

The woman opened her door to a man who said he was there to check for termites, assuming he was from the homeowner’s association. He looked around and told her there were “bugs everywhere,” Delray Beach Police wrote in a Facebook post warning residents about the scheme.

He rummaged through her belongings in her bedroom before suddenly leaving and telling the homeowner that someone would be back to spray. It didn’t take long for the woman to realize several pieces of her jewelry were gone.

Police lifted a fingerprint on an item the fake exterminator had touched and identified the man as 33-year-old Angelo Demetro, who has served jail time for similar crimes.

Police said Demetro, of Fort Lauderdale, faces charges of grant theft from a person over 65 and an organized scheme to defraud. He has been known to drive a silver 2019 Chevy Silverado.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Chris Trapasso at 561-243-7868 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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