Police Department

Posted on: July 24, 2017

Scam/Theft

Recently a resident of S. Tubb Street became the victim of a theft as the result as a scam.  This type of scam is generally perpetrated on a number of victims in the same general area. At this point, we only have one known victim.  In this case the residents were home and two subjects came to the door and advised that they were working on the municipal water system.   They asked if  they could come inside and check the water faucet in the kitchen and bathrooms to see if some dye that was put in the line had come through.  After a few minutes in the bathrooms and the kitchen they advised the system was functioning properly, thanked the residents and left the home.  

It wasn’t until much later on the same day that it was discovered that a wallet had been taken from the victim’s purse.  This type of scam is not all that uncommon.  The reason for needing to enter the home can be a number of things; plumbing issues, cable company issue, electric company issue……..  Any number of scenarios can be conveyed to unsuspecting homeowners.  Once in the home one of the suspects will distract the residents while the other commits the theft.    The suspects in the case alluded to above were two white males with dark hair, driving a white passenger van without markings.

 

If you have been contacted by subjects meeting this description who requested to enter your home to check the plumbing or any of the other reasons given above, please contact Detective Angela Campbell at 407-656-9797.  Please be cautious when granting anyone you don’t know entry in to your home.  When in doubt, refuse admittance until you can verify who they are and why they are there.  You should be able to do so by either calling whatever company they represent or in the case of municipal workers, by calling Town Hall.

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