Saturday, February 17, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas thieves pose as water employees

Pinellas County sheriff's detectives have received three more reports of a scam targeting seniors in which men posing as water department employees are stealing possessions.

The Sheriff's Office has investigated six cases in the last month in Seminole, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach. They describe this scenario: Two men, pretending to be from the water department, alert a resident to a leak in their home. Once they're inside the home, one of the men distracts the victim while the other steals valuables, such as jewelry.

Victims described the suspects as white or Hispanic men 25 to 35 years old with short brown hair, tattoos and facial hair, according to the Sheriff's Office. They were seen driving a 2016 or 2017 black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with chrome rims and a newer model red sedan.

It appears the same two men were responsible for all the cases, but it could also be a group of suspects, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cpl. Dan DiFrancesco.

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