JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office have pinpointed an emerging crime pattern in which suspects claim to assist a victim at their home and use this distraction to burglarize the residence, who is often an elderly person.
Willie Anthony Jeffrey and Norma Jean Jeffrey have been arrested in connection with the alleged schemes, however one suspect remains at large.
Johnny Harry Elvis Jeffrey is wanted for alleged false verification of ownership of pawned items and dealing in stolen property, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police report.
The suspect, Jeffery, 23, is wanted in a case that fits the following operation:
According to the report on Thursday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m., a male and female knocked on the victim's door and told her that JEA has been out trimming trees and that she needed a limb cut down before it fell on the power lines.
Additionally, the suspects told her that if the limb fell on her power line that JEA would charge her for the damage. They further told her that she had some shingles on her roof that needed to be nailed down.
The suspects also had two small children with them at the time.
The victim invited the suspects into her residence. The male, noting religious artifacts in the residence, asked to pray with the victim and told her that he would like to purchase some of the religious artwork, the report detailed.
The suspect referred to the victim as "mama". Eventually the victim and suspect agreed on a price to trim the trees and was paid in cash.
The report said after the suspects left, the victim realized that over $3,000 in jewelry was missing from her bedroom, which was there prior the suspects arrival.
Further investigation of this crime has resulted in the arrest of Willie Anthony Jeffery and Norma Jean Jeffery. The three suspects are believed to be related, but have a different spelling for unknown reasons.
Jeffrey is 6-feet-tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.
Anyone who has any information in regards to the location of Jeffrey is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (866) 845-TIPS.
JSO Investigators are also working numerous cases involving this crime pattern and understand, due to the nature of this crime, that there may be additional victims who may not have reported their crimes at this time.
Any person who has been victimized by this group, or any other person/group, can contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500 to file a report.
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