Con artists pose as city workers, rob elderly woman

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are warning area residents about some con men who are posing as city workers.

An elderly woman in west Phoenix is still shaken-up after she was robbed on Thursday. The suspects were two men wearing what appeared to be City of Phoenix uniforms and driving what appeared to be a City of Phoenix truck.

"I said to him, I don't want to open the door," the 67-year-old victim recalls.

She says the men said they needed to get into the house to measure some pipes. They reportedly told her she would be fined if she didn't let them in.

"He told me the City is going to sue me, and I would need to pay $2300," she says.

The woman reluctantly agreed, only to have one of the men knock her down while the other robbed her home.

"It's the lowest of the lowest people on earth that would prey on our elderly citizens," says Phoenix police Officer James Holmes. "She had no way to defend herself."

Phoenix police are now looking for the two suspects. They are described as Hispanic males. One is in his 50s, the other in his 20s.

Meantime, the victim is trying to get past what happened. "I am lucky because I am alive, and thank God for that," she says.

Police say homeowners need to be cautious, and say that utility companies and city workers do not show up without warning or notification. If someone comes to your door claiming to need to do work, ask for employment identification and call the company directly.

If you go outside to talk with them, make sure every entrance to your home is locked. The criminals usually work in two-man teams, where one will distract you, while the other breaks into your home.