Our CDNews commenters have had several long discussions about the infamous “cup of sugar” scammer. His MO is to knock late at night, say he’s a neighbor from up the street, is a harmless gay man whose partner works at Microsoft, and ask if he can have a few bucks to pay a locksmith, tow-truck driver, etc.
Now we’ve come across a police report on a recent burglary that appears to make a connection between that scammer and at least two burglaries. Here’s the highly circumstantial evidence:
- Between 9pm and 10pm a man knocked on a door at 23rd & Alder, said he was gay, and asked for money to call a locksmith. A female resident gave him some cash and he left.
- At a few minutes after midnight that house suffered a burglary while the residents were asleep, where unknown men kicked in the front door and stole a laptop that had been sitting near the front door
- A K9 unit tracked the suspects north and east to the area around 34th & Marion
- Also just after midnight, a woman at 34th & Marion reported a suspicious man to 911 who had knocked on her door and asked to come in, saying he was a neighbor.
- One responding officer referenced a similar case from January of this year, where the locksmith scammer contacted several houses in the 150 block of 16th, and then later that night one of the home’s front doors was kicked in and the interior burglarized.
Police said they attempted to contact a possible suspect in the 300 block of 22nd Avenue, but “his mother said that he was not home.”
The larger MO would appear to be for the scammer to make a few bucks on the scam itself, and use each opportunity to scout out the interior of the houses he contacts. If anything valuable and easily steal-able is seen, he gives that information to one or more others who come back later and do the smash-and-grab.