Scam Alert / Distraction Theft (by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

“The Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a couple going around neighborhoods pretending to be workers from the Water Department requesting to check for “blue water.” Once they make their way into the home, one of them turns on the faucets to distract the homeowner while the other one disappears into the master bedroom to take jewelry or cash. This is not acceptable practice by the Water Department and residents should call 911 immediately. They are described as a Hispanic male and female wearing lanyards as an attempt to appear official. They have also posed as workers from the Power Company or tree trimming businesses as well. As always, please report suspicious persons or incidents immediately to law enforcement by dialing 911.”

(This was taken from a post by the Sheriff’s Office on We are not aware of specific neighborhoods prompting their post.)

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