Sherwood burglary may be linked to online scam

Sherwood burglary may be linked to online scam

Sherwood burglary may be linked to online scam

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

kgw.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 1:19 PM

SHERWOOD, Ore. – Police think burglars who ransacked a couple’s Sherwood home may be involved in an Internet scam involving stolen credit cards, and valuable loot.

On Thursday evening, a couple returned home to find their home plundered, with more than $10,000 worth of property taken. The burglars moved meticulously from room to room, swiping laptops, televisions, power tools and other high-priced electronics, said Capt. Ty Hanlon with the Sherwood Police Department.

The burglary, however, may not have been random.

The couple had been working from home for a company called LWA Trade, which they were connected with through an Internet job site. They would receive packages at home and then send them out to a new address in Russia, Hanlon said.

In December, police alerted the couple to the scam, telling them the items were being purchased from stolen credit cards and then shipped to the couple’s home for distribution. They immediately stopped shipping or accepting packages.

A month later, a mysterious man showed up at the home asking about specific items that should have been delivered. The couple told him they were not accepting packages and the police were involved.

The man then became very upset and told the couple they’re “going to pay.” He then took off.

He was described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-foot-10, 160 lbs., wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap pulled low over his eyes.

Witnesses said they saw a trailer with wood side panels in the driveway of the home between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Anyone with information or who was in the area of Southwest Timbrel Lane and Southwest Old Highway 99 Thursday afternoon and may have seen something was asked to call police at 503-625-5523.

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