NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven police are investigating a home invasion where an elderly couple was targeted and tricked by two men pretending to work for a utility company.
Police say they were called to 195 Valley Street after two elderly victims told police two men assaulted them and robbed them.
Police say the elderly couple saw a bearded white man standing in their back yard when they returned home. They described him as being about 30 years old, approximately 5’08” tall and wearing all blue clothing including blue gloves. The couple told police the man said he worked for the water company and that “a water pipe busted”, the water supply may be poisoned and that he needed to check their pipes inside. They let the man in and he went to the basement. As the suspect water company man pretended to inspect the pipes, a second man – Hispanic looking with a moustache, black hair and brown eyes appeared in the yard. He was further described as also being about 30 years old and was similarly dressed in blue with gloves.
The second man also identified himself as a water company man. The couple let him in as well.
As the couple became suspicious, the Hispanic looking man pushed the female victim into a bathroom and slammed the door. She reported she could hear the men rummaging through things before leaving.
It is unknown if anything was taken. Neither victim was hurt.
Police are warning residents against letting anyone inside your home regardless of their claim they work for a utility company. Most utility companies have valuable information on their websites or otherwise available from them on how to protect yourself from such scams.
If there’s ever doubt as to the legitimacy of a utility worker, the companies recommend people phone them and police to report the suspicious people.