A Word of Caution After Recent Reports of Crime Targeting Realtors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A word of warning to realtors in Arkansas after several reports of thefts at real estate offices and open houses. 

 After a letter cautioning about recent crime was sent to realtors from the Little Rock Realtors Association and seconded by the Arkansas Realtors Association agents are on alert. 

Carolyn Cobb, an Executive Broker for Coldwell Banker, says it seems to come in waves. 

"You don't expect things like that to happen and it happens so quickly," says Cobb.

Within the last few days one of her company's North Little Rock offices was subject to theft when two women came in asking about listings but stole from the agent. 

"[They] distracted her somehow and the reached over and got the billfold out of one of the purses," says Cobb.

Open houses have also become targets. 

"I think there were like 8 or 10 that came in this particular instance and they just started going through all the rooms of the house," says Cobb.  "Apparently they opened a couple of windows and came back later and there was a robbery."

An unsettling reality for a timid industry that already went through a terrifying ordeal after Little Rock realtor, Beverly Carter was murdered back in 2014. 

"I know a couple of realtors that have just said look, it just didn't feel right," says Cobb. "There was something going on and they just left.  It's not worth risking your safety."

The Arkansas Realtors Association says the number of calls they've received recently is what prompted them to send out the safety reminder.

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