Three times in the past year, elderly Daytona Beach residents were the target of some crafty thieves. One of the victims is an 85-year-old woman who lives on Hickory Lane, who asked not to be identified.
She told FOX 35 News, "I'm frightened. I'm so afraid to even leave my house!"
She said a man showed up at her door saying he was there to cut down an old, dying tree in her back yard. He told her it had spiders in it, and that they were bad for the tree and dangerous for animals.
While she was talking with them in the back yard, at least one other person walked in through the opened front door and stole nearly $40,000 worth of jewelry.
Two women, ages 70 and 89, who live just a few blocks away on South Halifax Drive, were victimized in the same manner. This time, the men said they were there to do fence and tree work next door.
Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood sent out a crime alert, warning people to be aware. In all of the cases, police say the suspects show up on weekday afternoons. The suspects are described as Hispanic men, 20 to 40 years of age.