An 85-year-old woman was injured after two men posing as water and sewer employees entered her home, stole an “undisclosed amount of property,” and then knocked her down when she tried to call a neighbor, according to Miami-Dade police.
The home invasion happened at about 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 8000 block of Southwest 128th Street, near Pinecrest.
“These types of distraction crimes are not uncommon,” said Miami Dade Police spokesman Daniel Ferrin. “People need to be cognizant of who is coming into their home.”
Ferrin said one of the men knocked on the woman’s door and identified himself as a water and sewer employee. He told her he needed to come inside and do work, Ferrin said.
Once inside, he had his “co-worker” come inside as well. Ferrin said that one of the men began talking to the woman to distract her and the other went inside a bedroom and began taking things.
When she realized something was wrong, she went to grab the phone and one of the men knocked her to the ground. She suffered minor injuries to her legs.
Ferrin said if anyone gets a knock at the door and they are not sure who it is, they should always call police or the company to verify that someone has been sent to their home.
Anyone with information is asked to cal Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.