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Men posing as utility workers tie up, rob elderly woman

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The hunt is on for the men who robbed an Overland Park, KS, woman and tied her up in her own home.

The two men posing as utility workers tied up and robbed an elderly Overland Park woman, police said Wednesday night.

Overland Park police rushed to the home in the 5300 block of Hardy Drive just before 4:45 p.m.

There they found the woman who told police that she was home alone when the two men came to her door posing as gas workers.

"These two individuals forced their way into her home and restrained her," according to a news release. "They then went through the home looking for items to steal. What was taken is undetermined at this time."

The woman wasn't injured, but she was still restrained when she called 911. Officers who rushed to the scene freed her.

"We really try to watch out for each other, but you don't think at 4:30 in the afternoon someone's going to come in and pull a ruse," neighbor Dave Bruce said.

Now neighbors like Bruce are worried.

"(It's) sad. I mean, you know, you think we're safe and crime is going down and yet the neighbor across the street gets a home invasion and is tied up. I mean, it's scary," he said.

The suspects left in a white pickup truck with no markings.

The first suspect is described as a white man in his 20s with a slender build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, orange vest and hard hat. The second suspect is a black man in his 20s and is heavyset. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, an orange vest and hard hat.

Police said there is no trend of this type of crime happening in the city and there is something people can do to prevent becoming the next victim.

"We just ask if anybody feels that they're being approached by somebody that isn't … or is being suspicious, call the police department. It's no problem for us to come out and contact the utility workers or just to verify those stories before anything like this happens," said Officer Richard Breshears with the Overland Park Police Department.

If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750.

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