Men posing as roof repairmen try to scam 84-year-old woman, steal her purse

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Four suspects targeted an elderly southeast side residents Thursday. The men posed as roof repairmen, made their way into a woman's house and eventually took off with her purse.

This incident is the latest in a string of cases involving three to four suspects scamming senior citizens and stealing their property in the southern portion of the city.

At around 8 p.m., four suspects arrived at an 84-year-old woman's house. They claimed they had a $5,000 roof work rebate check for her.

The woman's daughter was there at the time, recognized the signs of a scam and shut the door on the strangers. Police say two of the men opened the door and made their way inside the house. A conversation followed about the rebate check. Then, one of the men  grabbed the senior citizen's purse.

"It’s scary," said Jim Viles, whose dad lives next door. "My dad’s a little older too and he lives here by himself. It concerns me as a son for his safety."

The homeowner's son-in-law chased after the suspects, who fled the home in an extended cab white Chevy pickup truck.

"It's sad that people have to stoop that low," Viles said.

A similar situation played out last month along South Olney Street. Three suspects approached the elderly resident offering to drain high water in her backyard. One suspect asked to come into her home to borrow a pen and paper in order to diagram their plan. Later, the victim noticed two of the other men were also inside her home.  The woman eventually noticed the men went through her drawers and closets. They took her credits cards and social security number.

FOX59 has covered other incidents involving the same suspect descriptions and approach throughout the summer. Police are now looking into whether the cases are connected.

"That will be one of the angles that our detectives look at," aid Sgt. Kendale Adams, from IMPD. "If someone has information that these individuals are involved in targeting the elderly in a crime ring  type of crime - we need to know about it."

Adams said they have made the police district aware of the suspect vehicle description in hopes of getting some leads.

If you know anything about the suspects targeting seniors, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.