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Elderly targeted by fake utility workers

Posted: 6:53 PM, Jan 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-11 18:53:14-05

According to Cleveland police, two men posing as utility workers are targeting senior citizens. Police said they have had two incidents in as many days

The first happened Friday around noon at a home in the neighborhood of West 106th Street and Dale Avenue. According to police, a man claiming to be from the water department talked his way into the home of an 84-year-old man after showing him what appeared, police said, to be valid identification. Police said the burglar left with cash and a gun.

A day later there was a similar incident. This time a man claiming to be from CEI showed an 88-year-old woman identification and got inside her home. This time, a second man was inside the home as well. Police said the two men did not get anything from this home.

Cleveland Police Lt. Robert Foley said both cases are likely connected and the men are targeting elderly victims. 

Checking identification in these two cases was not enough. "If you don't feel comfortable, contact the utility company," Foley said, before allowing anyone inside your home.

Also, check for a company vehicle.

Police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police First District detectives.

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