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Greenville police warn of scam

Posted October 29, 2008 10:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 30, 2008 10:13 a.m. EDT

— Greenville police are warning people of a theft scheme targeting older people.

Officers were alerted after a couple approached a victim and said they were with Greenville Utilities. The couple said they needed to check the victim's residence for a leak. While inside, the woman distracted the victim while the man stole several items from the house, police say.

The second incident was similar except that the couple claimed to work for the City of Greenville and were trying to identify tree branches that needed to be trimmed, police say.

The man was described as Caucasian, slender, 5 foot 10 inches tall with dark hair in a "spiked" style.  He appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s.

The woman was described as Caucasian with a small build, 5 foot 4 inches tall. She had blonde hair, blue eyes and appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s.

The pair were traveling in a large, white SUV with a chrome grill or bumper.

Anyone with information should call Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.