Police: Man posed as worker, stole from elderly

Published: Sep. 27, 2014 at 2:27 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 at 4:20 AM EST
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Devin East (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Devin East (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A man masquerading as an Duke Energy employee is accused of sweet talking his way into senior citizens apartments and attempting to steal cash.

It's an alleged case of deception by distraction at Westminster Village in Clarksville.

Devin East, 23, is accused of convincing a 94-year-old woman to let him in her home. Once inside, he took cash while she sat on her couch.

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"He stated he needed to come inside their residences to do electrical inspections. This was just a scheme he concocted to trick people to letting him into their home," Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.

When police said East tried to do it a second and third time, Westminster Village residents alerted police.

"When East returned, he was arrested on the premises in the immediate aftermath of trying to gain access to another elderly person's home," Mull said.

East is charged with three misdemeanors and three felonies, including deception, burglary, theft and exploitation of an endangered adult.

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