Monday, November 30, 2009
Smoke Detector Scam Reported In Cookeville
Cookeville police are investigating an incident in which a local resident lost money to con men. A resident at an apartment on Walnut Avenue told police that a man came to her home on Saturday evening, identified himself as working for the Housing Authority, and told her that he needed to check her smoke detectors. The victim told the man that she needed a smoke detector for the bedroom of the unit and the man returned a minute or two later with another individual that he identified as his "boss." Both men went to the bedroom of the apartment, stayed several minutes, and came back out telling the resident that they would return to install her smoke detector. But after they left, the woman says she noticed that they had gone through the dresser in her room, stealing five dollars in cash, about fifteen dollars in quarters, and several prescription medications. The suspects were described as white males -- one with a medium build, about 5-10, 40 years old, wearing a cap, a gray coat and camouflage pants, the other with a slim build, about 30 years of age, with blonde hair and wearing a black and white sweater. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police department.