Patty Dixon targeted by thieves posing as repair men

11:27 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - Thieves posing as storm repair men targeted a blind widow in St. Charles.

One suspect is now behind bars because neighbors came to the victim's rescue.

84-year-old Patty Dixon says this is not the first time she was targeted by thieves. She lives alone so her neighbors always look out for her.

"I would be a handy pick," said Dixon.

Police say around 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, two men posing as storm repair men knocked on her back door saying her roof was damaged.

"I kept saying to him, 'the storm didn't hit this area,'" said Dixon.

She says the other man went to her bedroom and was looking through her drawers. That's when her neighbor noticed something suspicous and came over. He caught the burglar in the act. Dixon says the burglars got away with some cash.

"Other stuff that was there he didn't have time to get to," said Dixon.

The neighbors across the street wrote down the suspect's license plate numbers, which ultimately led police to one of their suspects. 25-year-old Daniel Mitchell of Collinsville is now charged with burglary and theft.

Police are still looking for the other thief. Anyone with information on the case should call the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3342.


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