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Early Co. scammers target elderly

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) -  A couple of thieves are scamming elderly men and women in Early County, and then robbing them.

It's happened twice. In both cases, the men approach the victims' homes, claim to work for the government, and offer to install new flooring free.

With flooring samples in hand, one of them distracts the victims, while the other steals their belongings.

We know of at least three people in Blakely who've fallen victim to these criminals. One couple we talked with Friday said it's sad and pathetic that people take advantage of the elderly.

"He pulled that drawer out right there and got my pocket book," said Anna Mae Bailey. Enock and Anna Mae Bailey are out nearly $3,000, a purse, and valuable jewelry after they were scammed and robbed at their home. 

The couple says two white men driving a 4-door grey Buick, pulled up their driveway, and came to the door. "The man walked up, a big chunky man, he says it's hot out here, and my husband walked right by me and opened the door," said Anna Mae Bailey.

"They say they are with the government, and that there is a special going on where they will pay for carpet to be replaced in your home."

With flooring samples and all, the men get inside. Then, the plan is simple. One distracts, the other steals. "He kept calling me 'mama,' he said we're just going to look around. After about thirty minutes, their job was done. He said we're going to go, we'll be back in a couple of weeks."

 That's when Mrs. Bailey realized her purse, which contained her social security information, was gone. "There was $3000 in there. I sure hope they get caught."

The Bailey's aren't the only victims. Another elderly woman in Blakely was hit the same day, with the same strategy.

"Check credentials before you let someone in your house," said Lt. Donald Skipper of the Early Co. Sheriff's Office. 

Now the Bailey's will think twice before letting just anyone into their home again. The men are middle-aged and white. One is tall, the other short. They were driving a grey buick. The sheriff's office has a few leads but still needs your help to find the men.

They say it's possible the two are responsible for another residential burglary that happened that same day.

You can call the sheriff's office at 229-723-3158.


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