April 24, 2013
"It's just unheard of," said Augusta resident Jon Travnichek. "This is a quiet community. Stuff like this doesn't happen here."
That's the reaction from everyone we talk to in the tight knit community of just over 9,000. It just doesn't happen in Augusta Kansas.
"I don't like it," said Augusta resident Nancy Dennett. "It's scary for older people."
Augusta police are searching for the man they believe posed first as a city worker. He then got inside the elderly woman's home and stole her purse. Within a few minutes he targeted an elderly woman at an apartment complex. That's where he claimed he was a maintenance worker and needed money for parts. He got away with $14.00. A third woman, got suspicious and called police when the man came to her door offering to do yard work. All of this happened Friday afternoon.
"It's terrible that they would prey on the elderly, but that's the fact of life," said Augusta Police Captain Bruce Relph.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 40's, 6'0 tall and driving a truck with brush in the back. If you see him, you are asked to call police right away.