Scam Artist Who Posed as Utility Worker Arrested After Five Years on the Lam

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    Broward Country Sheriff
    Perry Miller

    A scam artist who has posed as a utility worker or repairman to gain access to the homes of elderly people has finally been caught, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

    After five years of evading authorities, police on Monday arrested 48-year-old Perry Miller -- who also goes by Anthony Miller, Archie Miller and Nick Costello -- at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. He was charged with burglary, battery and grand theft from an elderly victim, according to police.

    Miller reportedly made off with an elderly couple’s 4-carat engagement ring in 2009 after he gained access to their home by posing as a water utility worker. He told the woman that the water he accidentally spilled on her hands was acid and told her to take off her ring and wedding band. She went to the kitchen to wash her hands but when she returned to the bathroom where she left Miller with her rings, they were both gone, according to a police report.

    Police investigators are encouraging anyone who thinks they have been victimized by Miller to contact BSO Detective Todd Christie at 954-753-5050.