Two men wearing "FPL" shirts forced a southwest Miami-Dade woman into her home before they tied her up and ransacked the place with a third suspect Tuesday, police said.
The 55-year-old woman was in her yard at 14248 SW 100th Lane just before noon when she noticed the two men in her yard. She gave the suspects, who wore shirts marked “FPL,” for Florida Power & Light, access to the yard through a side gate, Miami-Dade Police said in a statement.
But the men then invaded her home, taking miscellaneous jewelry and a cell phone, before fleeing, according to police.
"They don't care. They are not scared about the police," said Leo Valle, who lives across the street.
His father in-law was visiting when the crime happened and ended up calling the police after he saw the homeowner yelling for help.
"They immediately took her inside and hit her and tie her and they stole whatever they took," Valle said.
His son said he was scared because the invasion happened in the middle of the day – and even more so because the men were disguised.
"When you open your door you don't expect workers like that to rob you or anything like that. They're not workers," Leo Valle Jr. said.
Florida Power & Light said it occasionally gets reports of people posing as its employees.
"We ask customers to please remember that all FPL employees carry a photo identification badge and our contractors have either a contractor badge or work order letter. Customers should ask to see it if they are in doubt," the company said in a statement.
Police described one suspect as 6 feet tall and 190 pounds and Hispanic, with short, dark hair and a mustache. He wore a light blue FPL T-shirt and jeans.
The second suspect was 5 feet 3 inches tall and 170 pounds, Hispanic and light-skinned, with light, brown hair, police said. He also wore a light blue shirt and jeans.
Police said they do not have a description of the third male suspect. They continue to investigate.
They urge anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Valle said his home has been burglarized before, and other neighbors reported the same thing happening to them – even though a police substation is just outside of the neighborhood.
FPL said that it does not go into a customer's home without making arrangements beforehand. Residents who doubt whether they're dealing with an actual employee can call the number listed on the bottom of their FPL bill, and get more information on how to protect themselves against scams at www.FPL.com/FPLprotect.