Since the beginning of August, East Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Braintree, and Medway have had reports of individuals approaching residences claiming to be water department employees to gain access to the homes. Once inside, they either ask the victims to stay in the basement while they go to their truck for a tool or go upstairs to check something. When the victims return, they find money and jewelry was stolen.
In one incident in East Boston, the victim did not go to the basement with the suspect but later saw the suspect flee from the home and found money missing from the home’s second story.
Most victims have been elderly and all incidents occurred during afternoon hours. Suspect descriptions have varied.
We are asking Brookline residents to be vigilant to these scams and contact us at 617–730–2222 should they observe any suspicious activity.
Thanks and stay safe!