Thief gains 81-year-old woman’s trust with fake stories before robbing her inside Waldo home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 81-year-old Waldo woman was robbed in her own home, after a man showed up on her doorstep and offered to do yard work for her.

It happened in the Waldo Tower Homes Association neighborhood.

The victim, who lives alone, asked FOX 4 not use her name, show her face or give her street name in order to protect her safety. However, she was willing to share her story to warn others.

“This young chap came to my door and at first, he said, ‘Do you recognize me? I grew up in this neighborhood,’” she recalled.

It was an opening line that built trust with the 81-year-old woman.

“And then finally he pointed to a house down the street where he said his grandma lived there,” she said.

She thought maybe she just didn't recognize the young man who was standing on her Waldo doorstep and offering to do her yard work.

“I told him, ‘I already have someone,’” she said. “Then he said, ‘Can I have a glass of water?’ And so I went to the kitchen and I was just going to get him bottled water and I came back, he had stepped inside.”

Next, the man asked to use the bathroom, then began helping himself to a tour of other rooms.

“Pretty soon I noticed there was something wrong,” the elderly woman said, “and I needed to get rid of him.”

“But I didn`t want to antagonize him too much because I knew he could overpower me and I didn`t know if he carried a weapon or anything like that.”

Thankfully, the man never got violent.

“He did not hit me,” she said. “He did not touch me. In that way, I was lucky.”

Still, her patience was wearing thin and her suspicions were running high, so she threatened to call police.

“I just kept pushing him and I said, ‘You get out of here!’” she said. “And I pushed him out of the door.”

But when he was gone, she noticed so was her purse.

“[I was] mad!” she said. “Even more mad but then I also fear he`s going to start using my credit cards!”

She's since canceled all those cards, but she's still feeling the effects of a crime that has left her feeling afraid to answer the door in her own home.

“It`s like this is just another incident of what`s going on in our society today,” she said. “It`s come to where you can`t be a nice Christian woman.”

If you know anything about this case, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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