Aberdeen couple duped by men posing as surveyors

An Aberdeen couple was duped Wednesday by two men posing as surveyors.

The swindle came in the aftermath of local law enforcement officials sounded warnings about con artists posing as utility workers trying to get into area homes.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office said an elderly couple in the 100 block of Paradise Road fell victim to a scheme at about 3:45 p.m.

"The couple told police two males, posing as surveyors, arrived in a newer model large silver pickup truck and knocked on their front door," Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said in a press release.

"They stated they were surveying the area and workers would be coming out to mark the lines," Hopkins said. "The suspects engaged the couple in conversation outside the home and then led them to the back of their residence where they continued the conversation. The suspects spoke to them for approximately 30 minutes. After the suspects left and upon returning inside their home they realized the home had been burglarized. The couple discovered portions of the house in disarray and reported cash, personal items and jewelry stolen."

One of the men was described as about 30 years old and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with tan skin and dark hair. The other man was described as about 38 years old, slightly shorter than 5 feet, 10 inches tall, also with tan skin.

"Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspects," Hopkins said.

In July, the Bel Air Police Department warned that two people, one of whom claimed to be with a utility company, accessed a home in Howard Park on July 22 but did not take anything.

The Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, said a man had also entered a home in the 1600 block of Laurel Drive in Joppa on July 15 after telling the resident he worked for a utility company and made "a pretense of working on trees in her back yard but then related it to contamination of her well water," Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins wrote at the time.

The woman's cell phone was stolen in that case.

Deputies are asking anyone with information on the Aberdeen case to contact the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5442.

Hopkins could not say if the cases are related.

"The physical descriptions are somewhat similar and detectives will look for any evidence to connect the cases," he said.

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