Oklahoma City police believe transient travelers are scamming metro residents

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Police Department wants you to be aware of a group of transient travelers who they believe are scamming residents in the metro.

Police say they are attempting to locate and identify a group of transient travelers who have recently moved into the Oklahoma City area.

According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, this group is known to move into an area and stay for several weeks.

Police say during that time, the group preys on older victims using different scams to get the victims to pay them money or lure them out of their houses to commit burglaries.

Authorities believe the suspects in the metro are telling people they are employed as utility workers for the city.  They are allegedly luring the victims out of their homes by using excuses such as needing to bury power lines or check utility meters in the victims’ backyards.

Police say while one of the suspects get the victims in their backyard, another suspect is going through the home and stealing various items.

The suspects have been described as Hispanic or white men who are often seen wearing work clothes, vests, and hard hats.

They have been seen driving a four-door tan or silver Dodge Ram truck.

Police say the suspects usually set orange cones around their vehicle to give the appearance they are doing legitimate work.

Authorities say at least three elderly people have fallen victim to the crime.

If you see something suspicious, call the police.

If you have any information on this group, please call Crime Stoppers at (405)235-7300.


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