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Sarasota authorities offer warning after robbery

SARASOTA — Residents are being warned to use caution if approached by anyone claiming to be a county worker asking for entry onto their property or into their homes after a Sarasota robbery in which two men did just that.

At about noon Tuesday, a woman said two men identified themselves as county workers looking to survey for drainage work, and gained entry in the victim’s home, in the 100 block of Maltisse Circle, Osprey, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report.

Once the men got into the house, the victim was sprayed with an unknown liquid and robbed of her jewelry. Both fled from the home in an unknown direction and no vehicle was seen, the sheriff’s report said.

Sarasota County utility officials said all county employees carry visible identification, travel in marked county vehicles and wear approved county uniforms. County officials said workers only need to enter homes under very special circumstances and residents should always check for valid identification before allowing anyone in their home.

The sheriff’s office has released a composite sketch of one of the robbers. Anyone with information on Tuesday’s robbery is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (941) 861-1719 or Crimestoppers at (941) 366-TIPS.