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Sacramento police warn of burglars posing as utility workers

Sacramento police are alerting residents to possible burglars impersonating utility employees.

In the past two weeks, the Sacramento Police Department has received two reports of suspects claiming to be utility employees. Police say the impersonators knock on front doors and tell the occupants that they need access to the home to inspect gas lines.

In one incident, the resident allowed the purported utility worker inside the home and left him unattended. The man stole property from the residence before walking outside to a waiting vehicle and leaving the area, according to a Police Department news release.

In the second case, the homeowner was confronted by a man in front of her home. The homeowner became suspicious of the man when he claimed to be an employee of a utility company. The man left on foot after the resident refused to cooperate with him and notified police.

Police caution residents to never allow anyone inside their home or yard without proper identification, noting that city and utility workers are always identified by department-issued badges. Just because someone is wearing a hard hat or utility vest does not mean the individual is a city or utility worker.

Anyone with information pertaining to these crimes are asked to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.