Men pretending to work for water company distract, rob 95-year-old Lake Mary woman, deputies say

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two men who posed as water company employees as they distracted and stole from a 95-year-old woman.

The woman called deputies Thursday afternoon to report that a man came to her Lake Mary home on Banana Lake Drive, claiming to work for an unnamed water company.

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The man told the woman he needed to do work in her home, deputies said. Once inside, deputies said the man distracted the woman with a story about a $50 refund she would receive, then produced a $100 bill and asked if she had change.

Deputies said another suspect entered her home without her knowledge and stole cash, several pieces of jewelry and a bathrobe.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office shared photos and video from the woman’s in-home surveillance camera system on social media.

Do you know these scammers?

Seminole Co. (August 10, 2018) - Investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects posing as water company employees to gain entry to a 95-year-old victim’s home and steal valuables. The investigation began on August 9th, when deputies were called to the victim’s home on Banana Lake Drive. Thursday afternoon she reported that a man came to her door claiming to be with an unnamed water company needing to do work in her home. Once inside the suspect engaged the victim in conversation about a fifty-dollar refund she would receive. He then produced a $100 bill and asked if the victim had change. While the victim was distracted, another suspect entered the victim’s home without her knowledge and stole several items of jewelry. Deputies are investigating whether this case is linked to at least one other incident in the area. The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to follow these safety tips to avoid becoming a burglary victim: Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles. Always lock doors, windows and sliding glass doors, even when you are home. If you are at home and the doorbell rings, go to the door to investigate who is there and let them know that a person is inside. If you are confronted by someone claiming to be a worker, contractor, or any professional person, ask for identification and a business card. Research the phone number of the company they claim to be with and call for verification. Anyone with information on this crime or the identity of the suspects is asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff's Office at 407-665-1481 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Posted by Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Friday, August 10, 2018

Deputies said they are investigating whether the suspects are linked to at least one other incident in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 407-665-1481 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

The sheriff’s office said you can take these steps to avoid becoming a burglary victim:

  • Call 911 immediately to report suspicious people, activity or vehicles.
  • Always lock doors, windows and sliding glass doors, even when you are home.
  • If you are at home and the doorbell rings, go to the door to investigate who is there and let them know that a person is inside.
  • If someone claims to be a worker, contractor, or any professional person, ask for identification and business car.
  • Research the phone number of the company they claim to be with and call for verification.

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