Fake repairmen bust elderly San Francisco resident’s water pipe, then rob him

Heartless fraudsters posing as repairmen intentionally broke an 83-year-old Inner Parkside resident’s water pipe Friday and then robbed him after he refused to pay them to fix it, police said.

Police said two men wearing yellow safety jackets and looking like “workers” knocked on the man’s door in the 2300 block of 16th Avenue around 1 p.m.

One of the men wore a badge on his right hip, introduced his colleague “as his son,” and told the resident a neighbor had complained about a water leak and they were there to fix it, police spokesman Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

The elderly resident said there was no damage, but the man insisted it was in the kitchen, according to police.

“The suspect reached under the sink area and water began to spew all over,” Fong said. “It appeared the suspect actually pulled the water supply line underneath the sink to cause the rupture.”

The imposter then told the resident he could repair the damage for nearly $1,000 but could make temporary repairs for less, though he said it would have to be paid in cash, Fong said.

Police said the intimidated homeowner took out some money, but when he began asking questions, the suspects pushed him to the kitchen floor, stole several hundred dollars, and fled the home.

Police described the primary suspect as a white man, between 50 and 58 years old, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and light-colored hair. The second suspect was described as a white male with a stocky build.

No arrests have been made.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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