Snellville Police officers are warning homeowners of a couple of tree trimming scammers where one lures the resident outside while the other tries to gain entrance into their home.
There have been at least five such attempts in the last week including an actual entry into the home of Gundle Hedden Wednesday evening.
She tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish a man in a green reflective vest came to her front door and advised he would be trimming her neighbor’s trees and needed her to go outside to the back yard.
Luckily for Hedden, she locked her front screen door before agreeing to do so. But it was while out back, she noticed someone else.
“While I was talking to him... I looked right over my shoulder and I looked at my back door and I saw somebody coming in my door,” she says.
At first, Hedden says she thought it was her son. But when she didn’t see his car, she knew it was someone else. By the time she made it to the door, she noticed a second man appear next to a black full-sized pickup.
When she went inside to see if anything was missing, the men took off in the truck.
“If I would not have looked over my shoulder or if I would have left the front door open, I would have never known they were in here,” says Hedden.
She doesn’t believe anything was taken.
“Since we’ve found this out, we also had some other reports in the area, especially around Oak Road and Harbor Oaks, of similar incidents where people were wearing green vests,” says Capt. Greg Perry.
He believes in the other cases the men were either unsuccessful at getting the person out of the home or the door was locked.
Perry says officers are looking for anyone that matches the description and urges anyone who may have seen the suspects to call Snellville Police.