“We’ll never replace that,” Woman claims fake city worker stole priceless jewelry

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro home was burglarized, allegedly by a man posing as a city worker.

The victim says a man showed up to shut off her water, and now she wishes she'd asked for more ID.

It started with a knock at the door.

"I was just in shock someone was knocking hard, so I thought it was an emergency," said Laurie Edens, who moved to the city a few months ago.

She was moments away from taking a shower, but paused to answer.

"He looked like a city worker, or a construction worker," explained Edens. "He goes 'I'm here from the city...I'm cutting your water off.'"

Laurie told the man she planned to quickly shower, then leave home, and asked if he could wait just a few more minutes.

"He said 'yeah, I'll just talk to my boss, it won't be a problem.' "

So the stranger left, as did Laurie soon afterward.

Hours later, she and her husband Josh returned to find a screen removed from a back window, and a mess inside.

"Our upstairs was just in complete disarray," said Josh Eden. "Checked all our jewelry, of course that was gone."

Laurie immediately suspected the supposed 'city worker' and realized their meeting was odd for two reasons.

First, the man originally knocked on her back door, and second, he had no visible ID.

Though he was wearing work boots and a 'reflective vest', Laurie says there were no visible logos on his clothes.

Police say asking for that city seal goes a long way in keeping your home safe.

"Look for identifying things, such as a seal from the city on their work clothing, or on the vehicle they're in," said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "You can call whatever department they claim they're from."

Joshua is a disabled veteran, who wore his wedding ring through tours in the Middle East.

That's now one of countless mementos the Edens want back.

"If he could just find it in his heart, to return my husband's ring, my wedding set," said Laurie. "That other stuff, it's stuff, but that's something...we'll never replace that."

Laurie describes the man at her door as a dark Hispanic male, around 5'7", with a thick accent.

Anyone with information should contact police.


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