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Thieves pose as utility workers, steal from elderly victims

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

A growing crime trend in the St. Louis area has elderly victims blindsided when disguised criminals rob them after talking their way into the victims' homes.

In a case reported in Richmond Heights, a 94-year-old woman said men pretended to be tree trimmers to get into her home. Before she knew it the men were gone, along with some of her property.

"We try to stay alert," said Joann Duval, a concerned resident, "My daughters are always on me about keeping the door locked."

After tricking the victim into letting them inside, one of the suspects distracted the victim while the other dug through her possessions.

A similar crime occur ed in The Hill neighborhood, where an 85-year-old woman was target ted by two men claiming to be with the city's water department.

"Oh my gosh, it's appalling. We just don't have that happen here on The Hill," said Mary Canino, a resident of The Hill neighborhood.

Once inside the woman's home one of the suspects distracted the woman while the other stole her belongings.

"Trust is a thing you have to be very very guarded with these days. People are preying on our seniors," said Alderman Joe Vollmer.

Police have not said if they cases are connected, but no suspects are in custody for either of the crimes.

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