Police warning Washington County residents about reassessment scheme

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - Police in Washington County want to warn Channel 11 viewers about a scheme targeting homeowners.  They say people are pretending to reassess homes and are stealing from homeowners.

The county recently began its first reassessment since 1981, and criminals have been taking advantage of it.

Police said people targeted an 80-year-old woman’s home, stealing cash and jewelry.
 
“He was well dressed and very well mannered.  She was aware there was a reassessment going in and thought he was part of the process,” said Chief Lou McQuille of Pleasant Township.

Homeowners should get a notice in the mail a couple weeks before the assessment workers arrive.  The workers will be happy to show owners their county-issued IDs.

So far, 33 percent of homes have already been reassessed. The process should be complete by next April.   The values will take effect in 2017.