Men enter homes by posing as utility workers
Updated On: Mar 17 2013 07:33:57 PM CDT
Colorado Springs police are searching for men accused of posing as Colorado Springs Utilities workers and going into homes.
Police say two elderly women reported the men came into their homes Saturday afternoon.
One woman living on Hercules Drive said one of the men knocked on her front door and told her he was there to check her water pressure, according to investigators. Officials said the woman reported that the man had no markings or anything to identify himself as a Colorado Springs Utilities worker. Police said the victim told the man he was not allowed to come inside, but he pushed past her, went and turned her faucet on and off and then left.
"That in and of itself is suspicious because Colorado Springs Utilities workers would always have marked vehicles, uniforms, the proper credentials and that sort of thing and these people did not," said Lt. Patricia Feese with Colorado Springs police.
Another woman on Clemson Drive reported that two men knocked on her front door and told her they were there to check her water pressure. Police said the woman let the men in, they turned on and off the faucet and then asked her questions about her activities and the people who lived in the house with her.
Colorado Springs Utilities confirmed that they had no workers in the area at the time. All Colorado Springs Utilities workers wear a badge with their name and photo ID.
"It happened twice yesterday at opposite sides of town so the part that makes it really concerning is to let the citizens know that this can happened anywhere, it doesn't matter where you live and be aware of any type of solicitation, especially with it being nice out," said Feese.
Feese said the two incidents are part of a trend they're noticing in the Colorado Springs area.
"We see them posing as utilities workers, we see them posing as solicitors from trying to sell anything from vacuums to carpet to appliances to roofing, to siding. Any type of ruse they can put on in order to get into someone's house so that way they can look to see what's in there," said Feese.
Neighbor Ronna VanOostendorp lives near the victim on Hercules Drive. She spotted the gray truck the victims' described parked outside her house for more than an hour. She said there was a white sign that said "utilities" but it wasn't CSU's official logo.
"I was kind of scared. I didn't know, my bills are always paid on time and I didn't know why he was parked for so long," said VanOostendorp. "This neighborhood is real quiet, no one ever sits out like that."
If you have questions about a utility worker, you can ask them to wait outside and call the utility company. Colorado Springs Utilities dispatch can be reached at 448-4800.
Colorado Springs police said the men in this incident were driving a gray pickup truck. The first suspect is described as a white man, 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium to heavy build and brown hair. The second suspect is described as a white man, 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin build, black hair and crooked teeth. If you have any information, call police at 444-7000.
"Let your neighbors know because one of the best things about crime policing and prevention is neighborhood policing," said Feese.
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