Thieves posing as city workers scam Plano couple

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 6:55 PM

PLANO -- Smooth-talking thieves posing as city employees are preying on senior citizens across North Texas.

The fake workers claim they're taking a look at the area where they're going to put in new electric lines. But they end up burglarizing unsuspecting victims.

A Plano couple are among the victims.

Harvey Miller answered the front door. A man claimed he was with City of Plano, which was about to start electrical work behind Miller's house.

"So he said, 'I'd like to go around back and show you where we're going to dig, and what we're going to do,'" Miller said. "I said okay."

The pseudo city worker came back and offered to show Miller the city's plans. They went out into the back yard together. Miller said the man seemed very knowledgeable.

"And then he said, 'Can you go out in the alley, because I want to show you where we'll start,'" Miller said.

The man left. Miller tried to get back in the house, but the door he walked out of was locked.

When Miller and his wife, Monette, finally got inside, their bedroom had been ransacked.

"It was obvious that they were only looking for money and jewelry," Mrs. Miller said.

Harvey Miller said as he was lured into the alley, someone else went into the house to burglarize it. Plano police agree.

"There's no way that I could've seen the guy going into the house, because he comes around and goes right through that opening," Miller said.

The Millers say they've learned an important lesson. And now, they want others, especially senior citizens, to learn from their mistake. They told us from now on, they're going to ask for identification.

"Unfortunately, in our society today, you have to verify and check everything," said Officer David Tilley, Plano police spokesman.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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