According to Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce, a report of "theft of utilities" was investigated Sunday.
Details about the case are limited to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
However, Pierce told The Brazil Times the incident allegedly occurred at an unidentified 89-year-old woman's home sometime Saturday.
Apparently two men hooked up a water hose to the woman's outdoor faucet so they could power wash the siding of a home located next door. According to the report, the men used the water for an extended amount of time before disconnecting the hose and leaving the area.
Pierce said he understood a number of reasons, which could include fear or being unsure of what to do, could have caused the delay in reporting the incident. A family member of the woman reported the incident to authorities Sunday.
"If the department would have been notified while it was happening, we could have caught the two men red handed," Pierce said. "People really need to call the police when something like this happens. Don't ever hesitate to call law enforcement if you think something is wrong."
While there was no reported property damage during the incident, the victim's water bill could become a problem next month.
"We don't know how long the water was used," Pierce said. "Someone has to pay for that."
Investigators will be comparing the victim's water bills next month to help determine what charges can potentially be filed in the matter if the suspects are caught.
Charges potentially range from criminal mischief, trespassing and/or theft or theft, receiving stolen property. Whether they will be filed, as felony or misdemeanor charges, will be determined by the amount of damages.
"There's always someone out there trying to scam senior citizens," Pierce said. "But this type of incident could potentially happen to anyone."