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Police issue warning in "water pipe checking" scam

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating three separate incidents over the last two days involving thefts and attempted Thefts by two subjects claiming to be water department employees. 

The investigation has revealed a male and female Hispanic couple are targeting elderly homeowners and gaining entry into their homes. The couple claim they are water department employees who are checking water pressure to avoid freezing pipes due to the cold weather. 

The female suspect will accompany the homeowner while the kitchen faucet is allowed to flow for a few minutes while the male subject will claim to be in another part of the home checking a separate faucet.  Both the suspects are equipped with radios while inside the home.  After a short time, the suspects will leave the home claiming the pressure is fine. 

So far, Monroe Police have received reports of these suspects committing one theft of cash from an address on Jason Drive in South Monroe, an attempted theft on Katherine Drive, and an attempted theft on Deborah Drive.  The homeowner on Katherine Drive did not allow the suspects into her home.  The homeowner on Deborah Drive did allow the suspects into her home, but no items have been determined to have stolen at this time.

The suspects are described as a Male Hispanic approximately 6'00" tall and a Female Hispanic approximately 5'00". Both are well dressed, well groomed, and the female was further described as very attractive.  The suspects were driving a newer model 4 door white vehicle.

No one has been injured during these incidents.  No photos of the suspects or suspect vehicle are available.  Anyone with information about the above cases or who know the identity of the suspects are urged to contact the Monroe Police Department at 318.329.2600 or Crimestoppers at 318.388.2274 (CASH).

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