Thief poses as city worker and robs elderly neighbors in Midtown

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/09/2013 8:43 am Published: 10/08/2013 7:56 pm

Tulsa police are searching for a man who they say is posing as a city worker. So far, officers say he's robbed two people of money and jewelry.

One victim tells FOX23 that the man not only stole her money right out of her wallet, but he also took four rings off her dresser, including her wedding ring.

Marjorie Brown, 88, was at home on Friday when she got a knock at her door.

"He said he was from the water department and there may be a crack in my lines, and he wanted to check the water and see," says Brown.

Because there had been workers down the street earlier that day, she didn't think anything of it and let him inside her house.

"I didn't ask for an ID which I should have," she says.

Marjorie says the man followed her inside and began asking her if she knew anything about prescription medications.

"He went to both bathrooms and I'm sure he was hunting for the drugs," says Brown.

A short while later, she didn't hear him in the house anymore and when she came back into the living room, the man was gone. And he wasn't the only thing that was missing.

"I came in and my billfold had been opened but all he took out of it was the money. He took about $170 out of it," she says.

He also stole four rings from her bedroom including her wedding ring. And that's what hurts the most.

"My husband has been gone for 10 years, but they are so dear to me," says Brown.

Thinking back now, Marjorie says she would have done things differently.

"I have neighbors who look out for me, but this was my fault. I let him in the house," she says.

Tulsa police are searching for a tall thin man in his 50s. He may be driving a tan Mercury van with Missouri licensed plates. Officers say he did the same thing to a person living near 46th & Columbia Avenue the day before he stole from Marjorie.

The City of Tulsa says sometimes its employees do contact citizens at their homes to notify them of water service interruptions, street closures or water leaks. However, all City of Tulsa employees have employee uniform shirts and carry photo identification cards that ID them as City of Tulsa employees.

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karlschneider - 10/8/2013 8:07 PM
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I will be on the lookout for a tall thin man. There can't be more than ......................oh, maybe 50,000 of them around here, right? Anybody seeing a human fitting this description be sure to call that 'COPS' hot line. Grrr.
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