Man, Posing as Agent, Arrested in Open House Robbery

May 31, 2019

Toronto police have arrested a man who allegedly posed as a real estate agent in order to pull off a jewelry heist at an open house. Charles Dixon pretended to be a pro to gain access to a broker’s open house on May 22 and swiped $30,000 worth of jewelry from the master bedroom during the property tour, police say. When the homeowners approached Dixon to question him during the open house, he fled the home, according to a police report.

Dixon has been charged with one count each of being unlawfully in a dwelling and theft over $5,000. Police are also investigating other incidents to determine if the man has duped other victims.

It’s always wise to talk safety with sellers before listing their homes. You can help your clients learn how to safeguard valuable possessions, including medications, which are increasingly a target for theft. Here’s a guide on how to have the safety talk with clients.