Denver Police warn about 2 suspects targeting elderly for robbery
By Paula Vargas
Denver Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for two men posing as alarm security employees to gain entrance into the homes of elderly people.
A 74-year-old North City Park resident fell victim to the scam on Tuesday.
Police say two white males came to the 74-year-old’s door around 7 p.m. telling her they were there to check on her alarm system.
The two men reportedly checked a portion of her home alarm system and left.
After they were gone, police say the victim found her purse sitting on the couch and noticed her wallet and other items inside her purse missing.
A second incident was reported March 2nd around 4 p.m. in the North City Park neighborhood according to statement released by Denver Police.
According to police reports, the 76-year-old woman in that incident answered a knock at her door to two white males wearing black suits telling her there was trouble with her alarm system.
The two suspects gained her trust and were allowed into her home. Once inside, police say one male pretended to check the alarm system while the other distracted the victim.
During the robbery, the victim’s husband came home and began questioning the two men who then ran off.
The couple called police when they noticed her wallet was stolen.
In both incidents, the victims described the two men wearing black suits, one in his mid-20s, approximately 5’8″, slim build, and the second suspect in his mid-30s, approximately 6’0″, medium build. They were driving a dark van.
Police remind residents of the following safety tips:
– Don’t be afraid to be rude
– You are not obligated to open the door for anyone you don’t know
– If you open the door, keep the chain on while you find out who is knocking and what they want
– Always double check their identity
At this time police are not certain if the two incidents are related but they are investigating the similarities.