Over the past couple of months there have been several burglaries throughout Toledo by two individuals who fraudulently claim to be from the water department or gas company.
The suspects, described as two Hispanic males and/or one Hispanic female; or two white males and/or one white female, are usually dressed in coveralls or uniform type clothing. One even wore a hard hat.
They are very polite and cordial and talk their way into the elderly victims’ homes. Once inside, they split up and keep the victim distracted “looking for leaks.”
Once they leave, the victim finds that money and jewelry are missing. In one case, the victim said they came in a nice red car and pulled all the way into the drive. In an earlier case, the neighbor indentified a blue mini-van as the suspect vehicle. In the most recent case, the suspects were described as two males, one about 40-years-old, with greasy mixed dark and gray hair and one male about 20-years-old. They were driving a full size blue van. They may have followed the victim home from the grocery story.
The Toledo Police Department said the public should keep their doors locked and check to see if vehicles are clearly marked with the City of Toledo or Columbia Gas seal. Water Department employees will have visible identification. If there is any doubt, call 9-1-1 before you allow anyone into your home. If you have information on the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in progress.