Con artists steal cash from Stafford woman
Two men posing as power company employees stole an undisclosed amount of money from an elderly Stafford County woman Monday afternoon, police said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. at a residence in North Stafford.
The victim, who is in her 80s, told police that the man showed up at her home claiming to be with the power company.
They told her they needed to check her lights and mentioned something about having to lay power lines, Kennedy said.
The con artists walked around the residence with the victim, having her turn lights on and off in different rooms.
One of the men eventually took the victim to the basement to check the lights down there while the second man stayed upstairs.
The first man left the victim in the basement and when she got back upstairs, both men were gone.
The victim became suspicious at that point, Kennedy said, so she checked to see if anything was missing. She determined that cash she had in the home was gone.
The Sheriff’s Office was called and deputies checked the area and were unable to find the men.
They were described only as being 25 to 30 years old, possibly Hispanic and wearing khaki pants.
Sheriff Charles Jett said his officers are aggressively investigating the incident.
“This is a mean-spirited crime aimed at some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Jett said.
Anyone with information regarding the identities of the two men are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.
Residents are reminded to request identification, credentials and a phone number before letting any stranger into their homes, according to tips from the Sheriff’s Office.
Also, residents are urged to call 911 immediately if someone who seems dangerous or untrustworthy comes to the door.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404