Phony water department workers target Roseville elderly man

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Roseville police are looking for two men who impersonated city water department workers and tried robbing an elderly man.

Chief James Berlin says the first suspect approached the 80-year-old victim Thursday afternoon in the 28000-block of Cole Street.

The suspect was wearing an unofficial badge around his neck and told the victim he wanted to check the water supply in his house. After running water in the kitchen sink, Berlin says the suspect and victim ran the tap in a bathroom. The suspect then trapped the victim in the bathroom, closing the door and block it with his foot. The elderly man fought off the suspect and escaped unharmed.

The fake water worker ran out of the house, but investigators believe a second suspect ransacked the house while the victim was trapped. The suspects took off in a dark colored full-size van.

Investigators describe the first suspect as a dark skinned white man in his mid-thirties. He is about 5'6" and weighs 180-190lbs. There is no suspect of the second suspect.

Police remind residents to check for proper identification before allowing anyone into your home. In Roseville, worker ID cards have the City of Roseville logo, a photo of the employee along with their name, weight and height on them.

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