Two men wanted by Colonie police for attempted scam
COLONIE Colonie police are warning of an attempted scam where two men posed as water department employees, and they looking for the two men.
The warning relates to an incident Thursday morning where the two men knocked on the door of a residence on Boght Road, telling the person there they were from the water department, police said.
The residents, both in their 80s, let the suspects inside. Once inside, the men divided and distracted the residents with tasks that involved showing the water meter and removing a toilet seat.
The result was one of the suspects may have moved about the house, but nothing was disturbed or taken. Police believe, though, that the intent was to find and take valuables.
One of the suspects also asked for change for a $100 bill, but the residents had no cash and no money was exchanged.
The first suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds. He had dark hair and wore a dark jacket with an emblem.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a multi-colored jacket.
The suspects’ vehicle was a dark color SUV or van with windows on the side.
Actual Latham Water Department employees drive clearly marked vehicles that are white with blue stripes and have the Town of Colonie seal on the side.
Also, all Latham Water Department employees have an official town identification card. Residents are urged to verify the identity of any unsolicited visitors before allowing entry to their house.
If there is any suspicion about the person, residents should not allow them in. They should lock the door and call 911, police said.
Residents wishing to verify Latham Water Department employees can also call the water department office at 783-2750 before allowing entry to the house.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Colonie police at 783-2744.