NYSP: Scammers posing as utility workers stole cash and jewelry in Franklin

FRANKLIN, N.Y. (WBNG) — State police say men posing as utility workers are trying to steal people’s valuables in Delaware County.

According to troopers, two men wearing walkie-talkies approached an elderly couple outside their residence in Franklin on Wednesday. Authorities say the men distracted the couple while another person went inside the residence, taking a large amount of cash, jewelry, and coins.

The victims say the men drove a white Honda or Hyundai SUV with license plates from outside New York State.

One of the men is described as being in his 50s, about 5’3″, 175 pounds, wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with matching sweatpants and a beanie hat.The other man is described as being slightly older and of the same height with facial hair and blue eyes that do not track together, wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt, and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New York State Police in Oneonta at (607) 432-3211 or New York State Police in Sidney at (607) 561-7400.

Troopers also advise people to not admit those you do not know into your home. Utility companies will not send workers without notifying the homeowner, police say. They also note to ask workers for identification, and if you believe the worker is an impostor, to call 911.

David Hermanovitch

David Hermanovitch

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