Here we go again! The latest way to scam the elderly, what a shame! A woman who claimed to be a worker with Florida Power & Light is accused of stealing more than $25,000 in jewelry from the home of an 81-year-old South Florida widow, police said.
On June 25, 2021, a man claiming to work for the Florida power company, Florida Power & Light knocked on 81-year-old Diane Reeves' door and asked her to go into the backyard with him. The man wanted to show Reeves where they would be moving her water meter, according to police. Fortunately, the woman's doorbell camera caught the exact moment the distraction technique started.
She went into her backyard with the man but started to question why they were moving the meter to a spot further away from her house, police said. He told Reeves to wait and said he would send his partner out to speak to her. That's when 49-year-old Rachel Demetrio showed up to speak to Reeves, and again asked the elderly woman to wait in the yard. After approximately 10 minutes of waiting in her backyard, she went into the house and realized she'd been robbed.
Police in Miramar, Florida successfully arrested Rachel Demetrio on Thursday (July 15, 2021) on the charges of burglary and grand theft from a person 65 or older.
The items stolen from the woman include a charm bracelet Reeves' mother gave her in 1961, her wedding ring, and a pocket watch that Reeves had given to her late husband.
The unnamed male, Demetrio's accomplice, is still at large.
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