Highland warns residents to be wary of scams

2013-11-23T21:00:00Z 2013-11-23T23:29:13Z Highland warns residents to be wary of scamsJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | Scammers are continuing to steal from Highland homeowners, and police ask residents to be on the alert.

On Thursday, homeowners on Grace Street called police about a theft from their home, according to a news release.

Two men said they just bought the home next door, were having electrical issues and wanted to inspect the electrical box in the basement.

One of the homeowners became suspicious when one of the men suddenly appeared in the kitchen, and she called her husband up from the basement. The two men quickly left, and the homeowners discovered that several valuables were missing from the house.

A similar scam had been perpetrated at least twice in Highland over the weekend, according to police. In one case, a man asked to check the water in the basement. In the other, a visitor lured the homeowner to a different part of the house to ask questions.

In each of the cases, the residents noticed that possessions were gone after the men left.

Police ask Highland residents to ask for identification before allowing anyone in their home, especially if they offer to perform an inspection or claim to be a town employee. All town employees wear badges and uniforms, and drive vehicles that are clearly marked with the town of Highland logo.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, keep an eye on elderly neighbors, and call 911 if they run into people they are unfamiliar with.

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