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Phony water crewmen rob Greensburg woman

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Three men posing as water company workers robbed an elderly Greensburg woman of approximately $1,300, city police said.

Authorities are urging residents to use caution before admitting anyone claiming to be a utility worker into their homes.

About 1 p.m. Friday, the three men told the 84-year-old woman they wanted to test the water in her Highland Avenue home to solve a problem, police said.

They said they wanted to pay her $100 for using her water, but she needed to make them change first. They then directed her to another area of her home as part of a test and took the money from her purse, police said.

One of the suspects appears to be Hispanic and might have been involved in an incident earlier this month at a Moreland Avenue residence, police said.

In that incident, a Hispanic man and black woman rang a door bell twice, then tried to open the locked door when they didn't get an answer.

Two children, who heard the attempts to open the door, got their father from another room.

When the father inquired what the couple wanted, they asked whether anyone spoke Spanish, then left, police said.

Utility workers carry identification cards, and residents should ask to see that card before letting them inside their homes, police Capt. Chad Zucco said.

Residents can call whatever authority or company the workers say they work for to check on them, Zucco advised.

Typically, three utility workers are not going to come to a resident's door to inquire about doing work, he noted.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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