El Dorado Police Warn of Female Thief Knocking on Doors

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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El Dorado Police are asking homeowners to be on alert for a woman taking advantage of people's kindness to steal from them.

Police say the woman knocks on doors and asks unsuspecting homeowners if she can come inside to use the phone or the restroom. Once inside, she takes the opportunity to steal prescription medication, jewelry, and cash.

Police say it appears she especially targets senior citizens.

The woman is described as Caucasian between 30 to 35 years old. She is between 5'1'' and 5'4'' with a medium build. While descriptions of her hair color differ, most recent reports are that she is blonde with spiked hair.

Police say they think they know who the woman is but they have not released her name. They posted the following on the Department's Facebook page Sunday:

"We have not released the name at the request of the prosecutor. She's been charged in several of the cases and the prosecutor does not want to risk influencing a jury, should her case be heard in front of a jury. She's out on bond and continues to commit crimes, some of which are still under investigation and charges will be pending in those cases."

People in town say they're upset that a con woman is taking advantage of their "small-town hospitality."

"It's ridiculous," Angela Lakin said. "This town is pretty nice and kindhearted. Neighbors will help anybody out."

That includes neighbors like John Provorse who says if someone showed up at his door in need, his first inclination would be to help.

"I'd show them where the restroom is," Provorse said.

But now he and others likely will think twice before opening the door for a stranger.

"They can keeping knocking but they ain't coming in!" Lakin said.

Police say if someone does come to your home and makes strange requests, be suspicious. They ask homeowners to get a description of the person and the vehicle he or she is driving and then call 911.

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