Local couple robbed by con men
TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida couple thought they were letting two men who posed as roofers into their home but were instead robbed right in front of them.
Arthur Wechsler was confronted at his front door by the two men who claimed to be roofers hired by their association. It wasn't until after the men left when they noticed they were robbed of $50,000 worth of jewelry.
One of the men began searching the Wechslers' home and inspecting their rooms. "He looks up here, and he says 'Look! Oh, my God, there's a bubble!'" Mimi Wechsler said as she reenacted the incident.
The fake roofers then began to give warnings to the couple, insisting the ceiling in their kitchen pantry was leaking. "He looks up, he says, 'Here, feel my hand, it's all wet,' and I feel it, like a dummy, and I said, 'Well, I guess so.' I don't see it, but he says it's there," Mimi said.
During one of the so-called inspections, one of the men went into the Wechslers' dressing room and began rummaging through the couple's property. "I walk in, and I say 'Where are you? Where are you? 'I'm in the bathroom,' he said," Wechsler reenacted. "'What are you doing in the bathroom? Come out of the bathroom.' He said, 'I'm checking, I'm checking some more leaks.'"
Wechsler became alarmed and immediately was suspicious. "When he comes out, which was about a minute, he must've been stuffing his pockets with the jewelry," Wechsler said. "He brings out this bench, and he said, 'Here'-- the police checked it for finger prints-- 'Here, sit down,' he says to me. I said, 'I'm not sitting down! That's enough now, just go. That's enough.'"
Once the men left, Wechsler began going through her jewelry chest only to find she had been robbed during the encounter. "The instinct in me went right to this drawer. I open it up, empty," Wechsler said.
At the end, 30 pieces of jewelry were taken, including a ring worth $25,000. "They're slick, very slick," Arthur said. "They know what they were doing."
The Wechslers hope by sharing their story, it will not only catch the men responsible, but prevent other families from becoming victims. "I feel stupid, and I feel like I wasn't thinking, that I allowed this. That's what I'm so angry about," Wechsler said, "and that I lost everything, all my wonderful jewelry."
The family does not have a picture of the ring, due to the fact that Wechsler does not wear it often.
If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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