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'Disgusting Crime': Thieves Pose As Water Workers In Warren

January 24, 2019 - 12:32 pm

WARREN (WWJ) - Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is "outraged" about what he calls a "despicable and downright disgusting crime." 

The mayor says an elderly resident was fooled, Tuesday afternoon, by a pair of thieves posing as Warren Water Department employees.

The two men pulled up in an SUV to the 86-year-old woman's home, in the area of near Masonic and Desmond; and, the mayor said, she allowed them into the house. The woman reported that the men test faucets and walked a bit, eventually telling the resident they needed $1,800 to fix a leak.

When the woman told them no, the men left, Fouts said, and that's when woman discovered they'd stolen a large amount of cash.

The suspects are described as white males between 35 and 45 years old, both an average height and medium to stocky build. Neighborhood surveillance video shows them driving westbound on Masonic in a newer, dark-colored SUV.

Fouts said that solving this case will be a "high priority" for police investigators.

"This is a crime that attempts to take advantage of an elderly, trusting resident," the mayor wrote on Facebook. "...This could happen to anyone's mother, grandmother or even great grandmother."

"I want those responsible brought to jail," the mayor said, adding that he's offering $1,000 of his own money to anyone who can give information leading to a conviction in this case.

As always, law enforcement asks citizens to remind elder family members and neighbors never to let uninvited workmen or women into their homes. Do not be afraid to say no; and if you feel that something isn't right, call the police. 

Anyone with information about this crime in Warren should call Warren police at 586-574-4700.