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Man posing as land surveyor reportedly steals safe from Carter County home

Staff Reports • Oct 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

ELIZABETHTON –– A woman told the Carter County Sheriff's Department on Sunday that a man posing as a land surveyor stole a small safe from her home on Sunday.

Peggy Williams told Deputy Brian Smithpeters the man knocked on her back door during the afternoon and asked her where her property line was located.

Williams said the man then said she had a nice house and asked if he could see the inside. After showing him around, she said the man asked for a bottle of water so he could take a pill.

While Williams was in the kitchen, she said she saw the man walking to the back door, carrying her small fireproof safe. She said she told the man to put the safe back, but he went outside to where another man in an older model Ford truck with flat bed was waiting for him. They got in the truck and backed out of the driveway.

Williams said the man who stole the safe was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and chubby. She said he had grayish brown hair and goatee, and that he was wearing a gray hat with red writing on it.

The safe was reportedly valued at $200 and contained $100 in cash and an envelope containing a $100 worth in half dollar coins.

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