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Thieves posing as DWP workers dupe 82-year-old, police say

February 11, 2012 |  4:45 pm

Two men posing as L.A. Department of Water and Power employees stole $6,200 in cash from an 82-year-old East Hollywood man after duping him into believing they had come to his home to collect a bill, police said.

The two men approached Hzsaya Hasegawa about 7:30 p.m. Friday at his home in the 400 block of North Commonwealth Avenue, police said. The men said they were there to collect a bill, and Hasegawa went to get some cash, police said.

When the men saw the money, they asked Hasegawa to wait outside while they checked the water pressure in the house, police said.  

The men then ran out of the front door, taking the money, police said.

Hasegawa was not hurt, police said. Authorities are searching for the two men.

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