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.
©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Feedback
Monday went quickly for jurors in this case. The judge dismissed them around noon, after one of the eye-witnesses who is behind bars refused to go to the trial.More >>
Dougherty County school system leaders showed off what they're are calling a game-changer for South Georgia on Monday. The doors to the first part of the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy opened for the first time today.More >>
We're working to learn more about a crash that left a two-week-old infant seriously injured. It happened at the same intersection that killed an 8-year-old girl and an off-duty police officer last year.More >>
Today: 0.61": Monthly Total 2.32"; Normal for the Month 4.06"; Yearly Total 17.49"; -/+ Year to Date -4.82".More >>
Graduates at Americus Sumter High School will be issued new diplomas after a mistake was found on the ones given out during commencement.More >>