Man posing as water company employee steals from Overland Park homes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A man is posing as a water company employee to gain access into homes in Overland Park, police say.

On Tuesday, Overland Park police received information about two separate incidents where the suspect asked to come inside and check the pipes in the backyard.

Frances Quick, 75 and a widow, has lived in her home on 71st Street for 30 years. She told 41 Action News she's ashamed she was taken advantage of by a burglar on Wednesday who made off with cash and jewelry after talking her out of her home.

"This has been a big learning lesson for me," she said.

Quick said he asked for a tape measure and help marking off a water line in her backyard. After taking a few measurements, he asked her to keep her foot on a spot on the grass while he ran out to his car to get flags.

After 10 minutes, Quick went back inside to find her house ransacked.

Now, she hopes others with learn from her experience.

"Don't open the door. Especially if you're a widowed lady by yourself or even a married lady by yourself at home," she said. "Ask for identification before you even talk to them," she said.

Quick believes the man was working with a accomplice, but right now Overland Park police say they are looking for just one man.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6-foot and 170 pounds with brown hair. He wasn't wearing a uniform, but a plaid shirt, jeans and dark work shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

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Garrett Haake will have more details on 41 Action News @ 5.

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