Police are still seeking a man who stole $7,000 from an elderly woman by tricking her to gain access to her house.
The incident occurred at 1 p.m. last Wednesday in the 500 block of Ruth Street, police reported.
A man dressed in a vest and a hard hat approached the woman in her yard and told her he was in the area doing work. He said he had to “fix her pipes.”
They went into her house. He looked under her sink, then they walked outside behind her garage. They used a tape measure to measure from her house to a ditch in her backyard.
Pretending to need a pencil, the man left her there. After about 10 minutes, she went into her house to discover $7,000 and two bank checkbooks missing from a lockbox.
She called police.
Police got another call at 3:38 p.m. that same day from a resident in the 200 block of Rebecca Street saying a woman with dirty blond hair in a green construction vest came to the door asking to measure a pipe in the basement.
A neighbor across the street saw the woman and a man about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds walking up Cyrus Street a short time later, police said.
The checked the area but couldn’t find anyone.