• Police: Florida men posing as water company workers scam Stoughton woman


    STOUGHTON, Mass. - Stoughton Police have arrested one person and are looking for an accomplice following an investigation into a water company scam. 

    Police held a news conference Friday morning to announce a multi-state "organized criminal enterprise."

    Investigators say two men from Florida came up to Massachusetts to target older people posing as water utility workers. 

    "I just saw a car leaving and I didn't think anything of it," said Daniel Armas, victim's grandson. "But then I went to the door and heard her screaming. That's when I called 911."

    The grandson of a woman in her 80s is thankful he stopped over at the right time. 

    Police say a two-man team posing as water company workers got into a Stoughton home. One asked the woman to take him down to the basement so he could get a meter reading while the other suspect, Paul Mitchell who is now in custody, ran into the home and stole about $1,200 worth of jewelry, cash, and other items.

    Video shows Mitchell escaping out of the home after police say he assaulted the victim in a scuffle. Police say Mitchell's accomplice, Stanley Mitchell, is still on the run. According to police, the two men - who police believer are related - flew in from Florida, rented a car at Logan which was used in similar crimes in nearly ten towns. 

    Police say the suspects were using lanyards with IDs that made them look somewhat more credible. 

    Paul Mitchell was held on $50,000 bail. At least one other town has filed similar charges. 

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