Newton police are warning the public after a man posing as a city employee and another person allegedly scammed an 82-year-old woman inside her home Thursday afternoon, robbing her of money and jewelry.
A man allegedly went to the victim’s house at about 3 p.m. and said he worked for the “Water Department,” police said in a community advisory Friday.
He told the woman he needed to check her water, and she let him into her home. He went to her kitchen, turned on the water, and talked to her about the possibility of the water not being clean, according to police.
The victim remained with the man the entire 30 to 35 minutes he was in her home, police said. She told police she didn’t see a vehicle when he left.
On Friday morning, she discovered jewelry and cash were missing from her home. Police said it appears someone entered her home while she was in the kitchen with the man.
The victim told police that the man appeared to be talking to someone in a language other than English. The man told her he was from Poland, but she “thought the accent did not appear to be European,” police said.
Newton police described the suspect as “a white male, in his mid-thirties, dark hair, some facial hair and wearing a dark winter stockingcap, light brown jacket, rust colored pants, sneakers and some sort of ID with an American flag on it, around his neck.”
They asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call their Detective Bureau at 617-796-2104 or to use the anonymous tipline at 617-796-2121.
Newton say the scam is a reminder that residents should never let someone into their home without knowing who they are.
In particular, the city’s water and sewer employees will only visit residents in an emergency, a previously scheduled appointment, or from a loss of water from the metering system, police said.
Someone will call before a visit, and employees will have an ID with their photo that says “Newton Utilities or DPW.”
Employees drive yellow or white vehicles with the City of Newton seal and blue municipal registration plates, police said.
If residents are in doubt about a person trying to enter their home to call them at (617) 796-2100.Andrew Stanton can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.