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Police warning: Beware fake utility workers

Published 2:11 pm, Monday, December 23, 2013
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Police are advising residents not to let strangers into their homes after an elderly woman on Sasco Hill Road let a man posing as a utility worker into her home Saturday afternoon.

The intruder went to the back door of her home and said there was a water or gas leak that needed to be checked. She let him into her house about 2:21 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The man showed her a badge with the word "Supervisor" on it, said he needed to go down into her basement and asked her to go with him, police said. But the woman didn't feel comfortable doing that, and the man then went to a first-floor bathroom and turned on a faucet, police said. He then asked if she lived with anyone, police said. When the woman replied that she did live with someone who was expected home shortly, the man left and got into the passenger side of a black van with yellow or orange license plates, police said.

Officers contacted Southern Connecticut Gas Co. and Aquarion Water Co., and representatives from both utilities said they did not have workers in the area, police said. Officers could not find the man or van after searching the neighborhood, police said.

The man was described as Hispanic, about 40 years old and with a stocky build, police said. He had scruffy facial hair and was wearing a blue dress shirt, dark jacket, jeans and a baseball hat, police said.

Police said a utility worker would not come to a home without an appointment unless there was an emergency and that they would not go to the back door. Police said people should not let strangers into their home for any reason and should call 911 if they see someone suspicious on their property.