Phony utility workers distract, steal jewelry and rings from 97-year-old West Palm Beach woman

Elderly woman says she had no idea of robbery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - A 97-year-old woman is without all of her jewelry after a pair of phony utility workers robbed her without her even knowing it happened.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is now investigating and looking for who might have committed the crime.

When the two men who claimed to be utility workers barged into the West Palm Beach home of Beatrice Boyer, she did not think anything of the situation.

"I'm not afraid of anything. I probably should be, but I'm not," said Boyer.

The men told Boyer to feel her water. They said it was contaminated and that she needed to take off her four rings and put them in the fridge to preserve them.
    
"I've never taken them off. I've never taken those rings off ever. But I did that day," said Boyer.

The 97-year-old said she moved to the bathroom with one of the men to check the toilet. While this was happening, the other phony utility worker stayed back in the kitchen.

When Beatrice walked out from bathroom, she claims the two men who claimed to do work booked it out the door. When she looked in her fridge, the rings were gone.

"I was just shook. I didn't sleep at all that night. I was really shook all night long," said Boyer.

Of the four rings stolen, the thieves got away with the engagement diamond and band her late husband of 60 years gave her before their marriage.

Boyer called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office but so far no arrests or rings.

"I just want to keep them from doing this to anybody else. That's what I really want because it just puts you in an awful place," said Boyer.

Investigators did canvas the area near Community Drive in West Palm Beach without any results.
 

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