Police in Western Washington say that the hot housing market is prompting more thefts at open houses, warning real estate professionals and homeowners to stay on alert.
On Oct. 6, Arlington, Wash., police say a man and woman attended a brokers-only open house and posed as real estate professionals. When an agent asked them for identification, they responded that they were out of business cards. A surveillance camera in the home’s bedroom caught the woman standing watch outside the door as the man looked through a jewelry box on a dresser and placed several necklaces in his pocket. They stole more than $800 worth of jewelry from the home. The man is in custody; police are still looking for the female accomplice.