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Matthew Jordan accused of stealing rosary beads, jewelry from elderly man

Man arrested in Deerfield Beach distraction theft

Matthew Jordan is accused of stealing rosary beads and about $2,000 worth of jewelry from an 88-year-old man's Deerfield Beach home.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida man is accused of burglarizing an 88-year-old man's Deerfield Beach home after his accomplice lured the resident outside, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives said.

Matthew Jordan, 24, faces charges of burglary and grand theft.

Detectives said Jordan's accomplice lured the man outside by telling him a water main was broken in his backyard while Jordan sneaked inside, stealing rosary beads and about $2,000 in jewelry.

A witness was able to describe the white GMC pickup truck and license plate number, which was registered to Jordan's mother, detectives said.

It was the first of two distraction thefts in as many days in Deerfield Beach.

The next day, a man told a 75-year-old resident that he was spraying for spiders behind his townhome and wanted him to see a spider-infested tree on the street. Suspicious, the resident called authorities.

Detectives said they don't believe the same men are responsible for the two incidents, but they may be working together.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (954) 480-4294 or (954) 480-4316.

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