Elderly woman robbed by fake city worker
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 90-year-old woman is out more than a thousand dollars after opening her home's door to a crook disguised as a city employee.
On Sept. 19, a man showed up on the doorstep of Giocomina Arnone's home and claimed he put a business card on her front door a week prior, saying he worked for the City of Coral Springs and was going to check a tree that needed trimming.
Arnone led the man through her house to the tree he said he was going to maintain. She stood on the backyard with the man. As he explained what needed to be done and asked the victim what needed to be cut, another man walked inside her home and into her bedroom and took every piece of precious jewelry she was ever given right off her dresser and bathroom sink. When Arnone walked back inside her house, it was all gone.
The suspect posing as the city employee told Arnone that someone would be coming to trim the tree, and he proceeded to leave in a small black pickup truck. Arnone never saw city credentials on the suspect but described him as a white male with dark hair, between 29 and 35 years old and wearing a white polo shirt and dark pants.
"He knew exactly what to tell this fool, he knew," Arnone said. "He knew how to get me. Like my husband said, 'Don't trust everybody,' and that's one thing I did wrong."
Arnone wished she had not been so trusting. Some of the jewelry that was taken from her dresser included a rosary straight from Rome, a ring from her mother given to her by a daughter who has since died and jewelry from her husband who also passed away.
The over $1,600 value of the jewelry is not what concerns Arnone, but the sentimental value.
Coral Springs Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident or a similar incident please contact Detective Mike Savasta at (954) 346-1773. You can also 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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