Police: They'll Distract You And Then Rob You

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Greenwich residents are being warned to be careful of burglars impersonating utility workers.

They prey on the trusting good nature of senior citizens and operate as distraction burglars.

“Unfortunately this is a very old scam and has been perpetrated many times, not only in our area but pretty much everywhere,” Police Lt. Kraig Gray told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.


He wants people to watch out for a crew that struck just a few days ago.

They’re either white or Hispanic with dark hair. The first suspect was described as a heavyset man in his 50s who pretended to be putting up a neighbor’s fence. He allegedly got the homeowner outside to locate the property line.

Then the second suspect, a guy in his 20s, allegedly went into the house, and told homeowner’s wife he was there to check the pressure for the water company.

He allegedly turned on the faucets and then grabbed thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

A woman in her 30s was said to be the getaway driver, in a silver SUV possibly with New York plates.

Police say if someone claims to be a utility worker, demand to see their photo ID and call customer service to confirm.

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