Police in three metro cities seek burglar posing as worker

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Police from Overland Park, Kan., to Independence, Mo., are on the lookout for a man robbing elderly women in their homes after first convincing them he's a utility worker.

Since Wednesday, police believe the man has successfully robbed at least six people in Overland Park, Independence and Raytown.

Police say the man is Caucasian, roughly 6-foot and slim. He has been wearing jeans and dark shirts, but no uniform and drives a green Ford Taurus.

On Wednesday, he convinced 75-year old widow Frances Quick to help him take phony measurements in her backyard before taking cash and jewelry while she waited outside.

"My husband had warned me a lot of times: never open the door honey. Never open the door," Quick told 41 Action News. "And what do I do? I open the door."

Margaret Koontz, 85, opened her door for the man on Thursday. She says he told her he needed to check water pressure levels in her kitchen and garage. She believes an accomplice lifted more than $500 from the purse she left sitting in the living room while the man was in her home.

That same day, the man also smooth-talked his way into the home of a 79-year-old woman in Independence who had been recovering from kidney surgery.

Her adult grandson told 41 Action News the man had talked his way into the home in part by chatting about his familiarity with the neighborhood. Quick also said the man told her his kids went to the school across from her home.

After fiddling with something under her sink he lifted cash from her purse, too, before taking off.

One neighbor saw the man approach the home, and thought things seemed amiss.

"He's pounding on the door and I'm like, ‘Why is he pounding so hard?'" Lori Foster, who lives next door to the victim said. "Literally he was pounding on the door."

Police advise asking for an official ID and looking for an official company vehicle before letting anyone who claims to work for a utility into your home.

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