Police issued a scam alert Saturday after an elderly woman who lives in Indian Orchard had $10,000 worth of jewelry stolen from her home.
The 84-year-old Berkshire Avenue resident answered a knock at her door at about 11:30 a.m. Friday and was greeted by a thin white man in his 30s. He told her his company was doing work in the neighborhood and that they needed to remove and trim some trees in her yard, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
The woman went with the man to the backyard where he spoke with her for 15 minutes and carried out a cell phone conversation. Meanwhile, another suspect entered the woman's home through the front door and stole a pair of gold earrings, a diamond necklace, four pairs of silver earrings and various other jewelry, Delaney said.
Delaney said residents should not allow any unknown person in their home or yard.
"A responsible company will not make a surprise visit at your home," Delaney said.
If someone looks suspicious or if you feel that you are being scammed, call 911 and have the police check their identification and credentials, he said.
If you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to call the Springfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355.
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