Elderly man robbed twice by woman posing as code enforcement officer, police say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Authorities are searching for a woman who they say robbed an elderly man twice, and one time while pretending to be a code enforcement officer.

The 89-year-old victim told police the woman came by his home in the 700 block of Waring Street in Berclair on June 26 and said she was handling a complaint.

She asked to see his identification, but when he reached for his wallet, she grabbed it and took off running.

The victim said he tried to follow the suspect, but she told him she was also with the Memphis Police Department, had a gun and would use it if necessary.

“He’s a very small man,” a neighbor said of the victim. “He takes care of his own business, and he doesn’t bother nobody.”

Neighbors were shocked to learn the suspect came back a second time.

Police said the woman walked into the man’s house, pushed him down and took his wallet that had just $10 in it. This time, the victim ended up in the hospital.

The victim is going to be OK physically, but neighbors are left wondering why someone would do something like this, not once, but twice.

“He minds his business and he doesn’t bother anybody, and why somebody would take advantage of that, it doesn’t make sense to me,” a neighbor said.

The city’s code enforcement department said a legitimate employee will be in a city vehicle and be wearing a uniform and badge.

The suspect was described by police as a short, heavy-set black woman with black hair. She was around 40 years old and driving a 2008 to 2010 Saturn Vue.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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