ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It hasn’t happened there yet but Brentwood Police have issued a “code red” warning to residents to be on the lookout for thieves who may try to con their way into their homes.

Detective Sgt. Jim McIntyre says the suspects claim they have to check your water and, while you are in one room running the water at their request, they are in another room, alone.

“And while they’re there, while the resident is in a different part of the house, they rummage through the victim’s valuables and steal anything they can.”

The two male suspects are described as 45 to 50-year-old Bosnian or Hispanic males. One had a light mustache and a Russian accent. Detective McIntyre says one man was thin while the other is described as pudgy. They were last seen driving a black vehicle.

He says, always ask for creditials and if you are unsure, leave them outside and call police.

No one in Brentwood has been hit yet but McIntyre says neighboring communities are getting reports of the scam. Reportedly the suspects have hit at least one residence in Ladue.

Brentwood officials have contracted with Florida-based Emergency Communications Network, Inc. for the so-called “CodeRED” emergency notification system, sent via phone.


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