SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A group of 'gypsies' is targeting elderly people in southwest Missouri. They're pretending to be roofers, as a way to get inside people's homes.
They leave without doing any work, and often, steal purses and checkbooks.
Monday, Springfield police issued a warning: people need to be on the lookout for three men, driving a white truck, pretending to be roofers.
It looks like Springfield wasn't their first stop.
"He says, 'have you got a ladder?' I thought, 'that's strange, a roofer without a ladder?'" says Will Binge.
Will and Betty Binge are just one of many scammed by a group, calling themselves 'gypsies.'
"They were well-organized," says Will Binge.
Earlier this month, police say Joseph Spry, along with two others, struck a home in Purdy, Mo.
Spry claimed he had worked on the roof, and needed to do a warranty check. The homeowner, an elderly woman, asked the three men to leave.
They left, but not without her purse.
Later, a camera at the First State Bank in Monett, Mo. spotted the men's white pickup outside. Spry was inside, cashing a $2,800 check from the woman's checkbook.
He was arrested, and told police he is part of an organization of 'gypsies' based in Jasper County.