Police are warning the elderly to beware of a roving band of thieves.
Police said the warning was prompted by two incidents last Friday.
In one incident, three women and four children, ages 4 to 6, asked to enter an elderly woman's home on the pretext of needing to use the bathroom, Lt. Ellis Smith said.
Once inside, the children became unruly, distracting the resident, while the women moved to a bedroom and stole money and jewelry valued at $1,000, Smith said.
The same scam was repeated later that day at another residence, apparently by the same people, police said. The suspects made off with more than $10,000 in checks, jewelry and money, Smith said.