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Scammers posing as employees of the water department targeting elderly citizens

Posted at 4:15 PM, May 05, 2017

A recent scam in Pinellas County targets elderly people, with scammers posing as employees of the water department.

According to detectives, the scammers visit the victims, saying there is a water leak somewhere in the victim's home. Once inside the home, one suspect distracts the person while the other steals jewelry and other valuables.

There have reportedly been three people targeted within the past 10 days in Pinellas.

Detectives believe there are two suspects, 40-50 years of age.

One is described as having a heavy build with a beard, and possibly wearing glasses. The second is described as a white man with a slim build. They were seen leaving in a newer model black full-size Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Detectives encourage citizens to not allow anyone entry into their home without first verifying the status of their employment by contacting their local water department or the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 727-582-6200.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Weil of the Burglary and Pawn Unit at 727-582-6337. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.