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'Rug salesmen' take money, false teeth from Athens couple

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Two men claiming to be rug salesmen left an elderly couple's home as teeth thieves, an investigator said.

Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said two men went to the couple's Seventh Avenue home Jan. 26 to sell rugs.

The couple, both in their 80s, reported the theft to police Monday.

"One of the men distracted the couple by showing them a rug for the kitchen," Johnson said. "The other man slipped into the bedroom and took the woman's purse."

Inside the purse were $5,000 cash, jewelry and a set of false teeth worth $300.

The couple could only describe the men as white, one in his 30s and the other in his 50s.

The thieves left in a white Chevrolet truck.

Anyone with information, or anyone who has been approached by suspicious rug salesmen, can call police at 233-8700.

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