Cops Say Beware Of That Flower Guy

July 4, 2008

The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) is warning people that robbers posing as flower vendors are going door-to-door in San José.

“Watch out for flowers,” states an OIJ press release.

The fraudulent flower vendors, once a homeowner opens their door, force themselves in, point guns at residents, gag them and rob them of all their valuables, the release states.

Home robbery chief Eddy Roda said there have been three recent cases of the flower scam but warns there are many other ruses as well, including fake DHL delivery men who have targeted homes in Escazú, west of San José.

“The fake flower vending is just one modus operandi,” he said. “There have been DHL, Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) scams, among others. People just have to stay on the alert, demand identification and not allow people into their homes to provide services they never requested in the first place.”

OIJ is specifically warning people to be on the lookout for suspects in a burgundy Nissan Sentra and a black Hyundai.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?
Tico Times Shade
874 views
Tico Times Shade
874 views

Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 18, 2018

It’s not often The Tico Times writes an explainer about basic Costa Rican daily living that’s equally surprising to a…

Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan activist Alvaro Leiva
News
475 views
News
475 views

Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan activist Alvaro Leiva

AFP - October 18, 2018

Costa Rica granted the Nicaraguan human rights activist Alvaro Leiva political asylum last week. Leiva is the secretary of the…

Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica
Pic of the Day
590 views
Pic of the Day
590 views

Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica

Alissa Grosskopf - October 18, 2018

Nai Conservation seeks to protect the endangered danta, or tapir, from growing human intervention. “We formed a collective: we believe…