An elderly Florida woman said she lost her most valuable possession after she was robbed by two men posing as government workers.
For more than 60 years, Marta Bequer, 84, never took off her 2.5-carat diamond wedding ring. She told WSVN the ring was of significant sentimental value to her.
“For so many years, I have had it. For so many years, more than 60,” Bequer said. “My husband has been dead for 30 years now, and I never took it off.”
On April 18, two men visited Bequer’s Miami residence claiming they were with the City of Miami and needed to check on her water, WSVN reported.
“(They said) that the water was contaminated with acid and that it was very dangerous,” Bequer said. “(One of them said) he already had to send three people, two or three old people, to the hospital.”
The two men, who were caught on surveillance video, continued to instill fear in Bequer, instructing her to take off her rings and place them in a Styrofoam cup.
“(They said), ‘You have to take off your rings, because when the water touches the metal, it will burn you up. You will bleed to death,’” Bequer explained. “At that point, I became very much sacred because I’m taking blood thinner, because I’ve had heart surgery twice.”
The two men then asked Bequer to wash her hands in the bathroom and then ran out of the house. “It was all a bunch of lies, and they made me very much scared, you know,” Bequer said.
Bequer said she hopes the surveillance footage will help the Miami Police find the two scam artists.
“I hope, I really hope that they find these guys, so that they won’t do the same thing to other people,” Bequer said. “I don’t know what to say. At this point, I’m very distressed.”
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department officials told 7News that a similar incident occurred in March involving another elderly resident. Officials said genuine employees will always carry proper ID and will always be in a marked vehicle. Its employees also have the company logos on their clothing and rarely need to enter a customer's home.