Con men repeatedly target elderly victims, pretend to be county workers to steal purses and jewelry

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Three men pretending to be workers with Marion county stole from an elderly couple on Indy’s southwest side.

The victim's purse and hundreds of dollars in jewelry were stolen. The suspects made themselves look official and showed up armed with spray paint to mark up the victim's driveway.

“They came in on the pretense the county was going to be doing all this,” said victim Carolyn Perry.

Carolyn and her husband Darrell say after the suspects talked their way inside the home, the couple heard one of the con men sneaking upstairs.

“I asked him what he was doing upstairs and he said he had to use the bathroom because he had bladder cancer,” said Perry.

In reality, with the victims distracted downstairs, the thief stole bracelets, a diamond and gold necklace and more.

“He was very selective to take the expensive jewelry,” said Perry.

Before leaving, one of the three suspects grabbed Carolyn's purse off her chair.

“I saw the one guy grab my purse and he said, ‘I wouldn't grab your purse.’  I said, ‘You've got my purse.’”

At that point, the suspects quickly drove away from the home.

Last month, in a nearly identical crime, four suspects matching the same description came to a home on Indy's south side, spray painted the driveway and again claimed they were installing underground pipes for Marion county, then snatched the purse belong to 80-year-old Mima West.

“It was surreal the way it all played out.  Of course I know older people do need to be cautious,” said West.

Darrell and Carolyn agree with Mima and hope the fake construction con artists are caught before anyone else falls victim.

“You just can`t trust anybody anymore,” said Perry.

Police say the two cases are likely connected and there may even be a few more, but they won’t know for sure until they make an arrest. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.