Men posing as Gas Co. workers made off with cash and jewelry in two separate burglaries last week after they distracted elderly victims in Silver Lake and Historic Filipinotown. On Jan. 14, an elderly couple in their 80s living in the 900 block of Silver Lake Boulevard fell victim to five men who said they had come to inspect a report of a gas leak inside the house, according to a police report provided by officer Mario Mota of the Rampart Division. A few days earlier, an elderly woman in the 100 block of N. Rampart Blvd. permitted a man who said he was a gas company employee to enter her backyard. After the man was asked to leave, the woman discovered that her house had been ransacked, with money and jewelry missing.
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