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Men posing as water company employees steal cash from Chester home, police say

Posted at 10:46 PM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 09:24:54-04

CHESTER, Va. -- Chesterfield Police and county officials are warning people in Chesterfield after someone was victimized by two people posing as "water company employees."

Tuesday between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., two men approached a home on the 1700 block of Point of Rocks Road and told the resident they needed to check his water, according to police. One man entered the home with the victim while the other man waited outside. Police believe second man stole cash from the victim's home, while the first man distracted the resident.

The suspect who first entered the home was described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was clean shaven and had medium-length brown hair. He was wearing pink and green sunglasses, a light blue, button-up shirt and blue jeans, investigators said.

The second suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He was clean shaven and was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, according to police.

Both men left the area in a white work van, police said.

"Chesterfield County Utilities staff will always have identification available, such as a Chesterfield County identification badge or Chesterfield County vehicle, as proof of their affiliation with Chesterfield County. If you are asked for a water sample, told that there is an issue with your water pressure, or told that the water quality needs to be checked, ask to see their Chesterfield County identification badge and check that they are driving a Chesterfield County vehicle with the Chesterfield County logo," Chesterfield County Police wrote on their Facebook page in reference to the scam.

Neighbors living on Point of Rocks Road called the community tight knit, and said the incident had them on edge.

Louise, who knows the person who was victimized and asked we only share her first name, said the victim has been sick.

"I think it's awful...  Really, really bad for them to come in there and do that to that poor man," Louise said.

Neighbors in the area are remaining vigilant. One even called police when a CBS 6 crew covering the story, knocked on doors and was driving a vehicle that looks somewhat similar to the one driven by the suspects.

Anyone with information about the two suspects is asked to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251 or Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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