EXCLUSIVE: Phony workers rob 84-year-old Aston woman

February 21, 2011 9:23:01 PM PST
An elderly woman spoke to Action News after two robbery suspects tricked her into letting down her guard.

The crime happened at a home at the intersection of Bridgewater and Crystal roads.

An 84-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, says sometime before 4:00 p.m., she was approached by a male claiming to be from the water company. He told her he was working on a water main break nearby.

"He took me around the side of the building. He said there was a leak on Crystal Road and it would probably overflow and he was saying he was testing the ground and I was out there about 5 [to] 7 minutes," the robbery victim said.

What the victim did not know at the time was while she was outside, a second male was inside her home stealing all her jewelry including her wedding ring given to her by her late husband.

"They took all my gold chains, all my jewelry, all my earrings, diamond rings," the victim told Action News.

A friend of the victim's and neighbors were outraged over what happened.

"I just wish I had been around, they wouldn't rob nobody else," friend Jack Harrison said.

"Why do people have to prey on 84-year-old people? I just don't understand, I mean, I know times are bad and everything, but come on, that's low," neighbor Joe Kugelman said.

The victim only saw one of the suspects described as a Hispanic male in his early 20's about 5'5 to 5'6 wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt with a blue design on the chest. He was seen driving an older model white pickup.

While Aston police try and track the perpetrators, they have advice for other potential victims.

"Ask for some type of ID and if you're going to accompany someone outside, I know it sounds silly, but just lock your door on the way out, bring your keys with you and lock your door behind you," Aston Police Detective Joe Nordone said.

Police say they have not had another case like this recently. They will be working with the victim on a composite sketch. In the meantime, they are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or otherwise have information on this case to contact Aston police at (610)497-2633.