SUGAR LAND, Texas A pair of thieves pretended to be a water line repair crew to gain access to an elderly woman s Sugar Land home, police say.

The crime happened the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the 800 block of Bel Mar in the Venetian Estates subdivision, according to the Sugar Land Police Department.

The victim told police a man knocked on her door and apologized for blocking the driveway, claiming he was part of a work crew that damaged a water line.

The suspect then asked a woman waiting in a bright blue passenger vehicle to talk to the elderly homeowner. The female suspect repeated the man s story and told the victim she needed to enter the house and check the kitchen sink for contamination.

The two women went to the kitchen and turned on the sink and remained there for about 20 minutes. While the victim and female suspect were in the kitchen, police believe the male suspect walked to the back of the home and took cash and jewelry.

The victim discovered the theft the next day and called police.

At first I felt so foolish for having bought her story and for having let her come in the house, Carolyn said. I was very grateful that she hadn t killed me. That I had not seen him come in my door while she had me distracted because I think if would have seen him I wouldn t be here to tell this story.

According to SLPD, the male suspect had olive skin, brown hair and brown eyes. The female suspect was petite and possibly white. She was wearing a head covering and sunglasses, aqua-colored clothing and blue gloves.

The investigation is ongoing.

Just don t open your door to anyone that you re not sure of, even if it s a petite pretty young woman who is profusely apologizing for something, don t open your door, the victim said.

Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at 281-275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.

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