Sacto 9-1-1
June 30, 2008
Phony water workers steal from elderly Loomis couple

From Art Campos:

Two men tricked an elderly Loomis couple by posing as water workers Friday, stealing cash and other valuables as they distracted them, the Placer County Sheriff's Department reported.

The incident occurred at 10 a.m. at an address not disclosed by the Sheriff's Department.

The thieves appeared at the couple's door and persuaded the residents to check various water-related equipment, such as the outside hose, said Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

While the homeowners did the tasks, the men went through the home, stealing the money and other items, she said.

"It was sad because the victims were so elderly, they weren't able to give us a description as to whether the suspects were white or black or Latino," Erwin said.

However, officers learned through investigation that the thieves may be in their early 40s with medium-color complexions, she said. The suspects wore blue pants and work-type uniform shirts with a white name badge, she said.

They drove away in a gray or blue pickup truck, Erwin said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (530) 889-7800.

The Loomis incident is similar to two other water worker scams reported in Sacramento County. Here are Sacto 9-1-1 stories on those thefts, posted May 19 and June 20.

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