2002-12-04 / Briefly Noted
Thieves Use Tree-Cutting Scam As Diversion During Burglary
Sheriff warns residents to be on guard against ploy
County Sheriff Smith warns Putnam County residents to be on the lookout for burglars posing as tree cutters. Authorities are aware of at least one reported case in which suspects used the tree-cutting ploy as a diversion while they burglarized the Southeast residence of an elderly woman, taking money and jewelry.