Police Warn of Utility Worker Scam in Md.

By Mark Segraves
|  Monday, Nov 11, 2013  |  Updated 7:25 PM EDT
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Prince George's County police warn residents about at least two men allegedly entering and robbing homes by falsely claiming to be utility workers. News4's Mark Segraves explains what the crooks are telling homeowners and how one resident avoided becoming their next victim.

Mark Segraves

Prince George's County police warn residents about at least two men allegedly entering and robbing homes by falsely claiming to be utility workers. News4's Mark Segraves explains what the crooks are telling homeowners and how one resident avoided becoming their next victim.

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Two men are posing as utility workers and stealing items from the homes of elderly Prince George's County residents.

According to a news release from the county, at least two similar incidents have been reported in the last couple of weeks.

In the first incident on Nov. 6, police say one man posing as a utility worker told a woman he was conducting survey work in the 5800 block of Kirby Road in Clinton, Md. When the woman walked to the back of her home with the worker, police say a second man entered the home and stole a safe.

About a week earlier, a resident of the 6500 block of Horseshoe Road told police two men with hardhats said they worked with a water company and wanted to check on a gas leak. While the resident walked one of the men to a bathroom, the second man got away with a safe and some cash, police said.

One Clinton homeowner told News4 two men claimed they were with a utility company and told her she had a gas leak. She refused to let them inside her home and called police.

Police say no one was injured in any of the incidents, and say real utility workers rarely need to enter homes to do their jobs.

If you have any information on these crimes, call police at 1-866-411-TIPS. 

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