JUST ONE STATION: Two men pose as city workers to ransack Fitchburg home
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Police are looking for two people who allegedly forced their way into a local woman's home and bound her with duct tape after posing as city employees.
The two men pretended to be city Water Dept. workers. They set up the 60-year-old victim, knocking on her door twice last week before striking on Tuesday.
"The woman was duct taped to a chair while these people took money out of the bedroom," said Acting Chief Philip J. Kearns, Jr., of the Fitchburg Police Dept
Police recorded her muffled screams after she managed to call them while still bound and gagged.
Neighbors said the men had been spray painting the street last week, which is why no one suspected they'd been plotting for the incident for days
"The water company was down the street, so he knew enough to pose as a Water Dept. worker knowing they were somewhere in the vicinity," said Scott Pakkii, a neighbor.
Iris Robles, another neighbor, said they knocked on her door, but without proper ID badges she refused to let them in
Police have released a sketch of one of the two men police are hunting for. The second was harder to identify because he his face was partially covered.
Officials are also checking with surrounding communities to see if these men might have struck before hitting Fitchburg.
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