Robbers pose as natural gas workers, tie up homeowners in Bow Mar

Suspects claim to be investigating gas leak

BOW MAR, Colo. - A Bow Mar couple was tied up and robbed by men who posed as natural gas workers investigating a gas leak Sunday.

In the affluent community of Bow Mar, on the outskirts of Littleton, crime is far from common.

Bow Mar Mayor Rick Pilgrim told 7NEWS a man wearing a construction hat and vest rang the victim's doorbell around 9:30 a.m.

The man told them a gas leak had been reported in the area and asked to check the line in their back yard.

After a few minutes he returned to the front door and asked to check the hot water heater gas line, an email alert sent to neighbors stated.

The owner agreed and that when two armed men forced their way into the home.

They forced the two residents to the ground and tied them up while demanding money and valuables, according to the e-mail.

"If you saw anything unusual this morning or in the past few days in Town please provide a report to the Columbine Valley police department.  The same or similar explanation may be given to you by men appearing to be utility or construction workers.  Please be aware of these possibilities and keep your doors and garage closed and locked," the e-mail stated.

Calls to the Bow Mar Police were not returned, but Pilgrim said they are working with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to find the suspects, and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"This is very rare, very rare indeed," Pilgrim said. "It’s a concern that on a Sunday morning, in a quiet neighborhood like this, that people can break into your house."

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