COLONIE, N.Y. – Colonie Police say they are investigating an attempted scheme involving two people who allegedly impersonated water department employees.
According to authorities, two suspects knocked on the door of a Boght Road home on Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. and told the homeowner they were from the water department.
Police say the residents, who are in their 80's, allowed the suspects into their home. They say, one of the suspects "divided and distracted" the homeowners, by taking one of them to the basement to show them the water meter. The second homeowner was upstairs and told to take the lid off the toilet, according to police.
The suspects allegedly asked the homeowners for change for a $100 bill, but the residents said they did not have it.
Police say that nothing in the home was stolen; however, they believe the intent was to distract the residents in order to find valuables or money.
The first suspect has been described as a white male, in his 50's, 5'11", 240 pounds, dark hair, wearing dark jacket with an emblem on front. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5'3", `140 pounds, multicolor jacket. The vehicle was described as a dark color SUV or Van with windows on the side.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.
Colonie Police say Latham Water Department employees only drive in a clearly marked vehicle that is white with blue stripes and have the Town of Colonie Seal on the side. All employees of the department also carry Town of Colonie ID cards with them at all times. If residents would like to verify Latham Water Department employees, they can contact their office at 783-2750.