GREENWICH, Conn. -- Three people stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in the middle of the day from the home of an elderly couple on Monday after posing as "water company" employees, Greenwich police said in a statement.
At about 1 p.m., suspect No. 1 a white, possibly Hispanic heavy-set male, with dark hair, in his 50s used a ruse to lure the victim out of his residence. Suspect No. 1 told the victim, his neighbor wanted to erect a fence and suspect No. 1 was concerned in regards to the correct property line and cosmetic look of the fence, according to police.
While the victim and suspect No. 1 were outside, a second Suspect, a white, possibly Hispanic male, with dark hair in his early 20s entered the residence and engaged the victim’s sick wife in conversation, according to the statement.
Suspect No. 2, advised the victim’s wife that he was with "the water company" and had to check the pressure in the sinks. After turning the water on and leaving it running, suspect No. 2 walked through the home and stole several thousand dollars of the family’s jewelry from a bedroom, according to police.
Suspect No. 3, who is believed to be the get-away driver, is a white female, possibly Hispanic, with long dark hair. She is believed to be in her 30s. She was operating a silver colored SUV with orange colored license plates, possibly from New York. Suspect No. 3 also engaged the victim in conversation and waved goodbye prior to departing the scene, according to the release.
Greenwich police urged the public to be cautious around people asking for access to homes and reminded the public that all utility and communications companies require their employees to carry identification badges. Police spokesperson Lt. Kraig Gray said "this type of criminal activity is on the rise in our area."
Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO, added his recommendation to ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door.
“In light of recent cases around the state where criminals posing as utility workers have gained entrance to people’s homes, we want to stress the importance of being careful and conscientious when allowing anyone into private residences,” Firlotte said in the statement. “Our company follows strict protocols when entering customers’ homes and businesses, which include showing the customer an Aquarion photo ID. We also encourage any customer who is unsure or has concerns, to call our customer service department.”
Greenwich police asked the public to not allow entrance to anyone claiming to be a utility worker that does not have an ID badge. If the person does not have ID, the public is asked to call Greenwich Police at (203) 622-8001.
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