Burglars Are Posing as Code Enforcement So They Can Steal Stuff from Old People
Ricky Carr, the man who police say bilked Dallas' elderly out of $100,000 by pretending to be a cop and asking to inspect their cash, remains in jail, leaving the title of most-shameless-exploitater-of-old-people up for grabs.
We don't yet know who they are, but a pair of new candidates are vying for the crown. The Dallas Police Department's Northeast Division posted a warning on its Facebook page:
Northeast Neighbors! Please be aware of a new scam that has been happening recently in our areas. Suspects are pretending to be Oncor or City of Dallas Code Enforcement Officers. They have been preying on Elderly residents. They will tell the resident that they have a problem with the utility box located in the rear of the home. While the resident and the suspect are looking at the rear of the residence, another person will enter the home through the front of the residence, taking property from the location, while the resident's attention is being diverted in the back yard.
I have a call in to DPD media relations as well as the Northeast substation for details on specific instances. For now, we're left to imagine the special place in hell reserved for these people. It's a dilapidated nursing home presided over by Nurse Ratched, where residents are left to rot in their soiled diapers and the grandkids never call.
Update at 3:30 p.m.: Per the city of Dallas' Facebook page, this is what a real code officer looks like: