Thursday, September 17, 2009

Elderly Angelino Heights couple falls prey to DWP imposters

Criminals posing as Department of Water & Power Workers struck in Angelino Heights last week, burglarizing the home of an elderly couple on 900 block of Boylston Street. Both residents, who are in their 80s, fell victim to con artists that frequently target the elderly, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Dectective Division. Buhrmester, in a comment to Wednesday's Eastside Crime Watch, described the set up this way:

"Two males posing at DWP employees will contact elderly people at their residence, and advise they need to check electrical or water connections inside their home, or in the back yard. When the victims are speaking with the "DWP employees," an additional suspect will enter their house and steal money and jewelry. The suspect prey upon the trust of the elderly victims."

Investigating this type of crime can be tough because its difficult to obtain positive identification of the suspects from elderly victims who are often debilitated, he said. Residents who want to check the credentials of DWP workers can call the department's security office at (213) 367-3373 or (213) 367-9111.

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1 comment:

  1. Special place in hell for these types of people!!!!