Scam Alert: Police Warn of Burglars Pretending to be Utility Workers

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SACRAMENTO --

The Sacramento Police Department is warning residents of a scam involving burglary suspects impersonating utility employees.

The Sacramento Police Department has received two reports of suspects claiming to be utility workers in the past two weeks. The impersonators knock on front doors advising they need access to the home to inspect gas lines, according to police.

In one incident, the resident allowed the purported utility worker inside of their home, leaving the suspect unattended.  The suspect stole property from the residence before walking outside to an awaiting vehicle, fleeing the area, police said.

During a second incident, a homeowner was confronted by an unknown man in front of their home.  The homeowner became suspicious of the suspect after he claimed to be an employee of a utility company.  The man fled on foot after the resident refused to cooperate with him and called the police.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about suspects or who may have been a victim to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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