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Raleigh police: Thieves pose as utility workers

Posted June 19, 2008
Updated June 20, 2008

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— Two senior citizens' homes have been robbed by thieves posing as city utility workers, Raleigh police reported Thursday.

In both instances, a man came to the door and claimed to be checking water lines. He would then lure victims into the back yard.

Both victims later noticed items missing from their homes. Police said the description of the crime hints at an accomplice who might have entered the homes while the victim was in the backyard.

Dale Crisp, director of the city’s Public Utilities Department, said all public employees would wear uniforms and carry City of Raleigh identification. Both victims said the culprit was not in uniform and did not provide ID.

One report described the suspect as an unshaven white man with red hair wearing a red and white shirt, blue pants and an orange jacket. He was said to stand 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh about 150 pounds.

The other report described a brown-haired white man 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing khaki shorts.

Both victims reported the suspect was driving a pickup truck. One described a dark green truck with a light-colored stripe; the other described a brown truck with a yellow light on top.

Residents are asked to call police immediately if they are approached under similar circumstances.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of these two larceny cases is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.

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  • Nitro Jun 20, 2008

    NOBODY's coming in my house unless Ive called someone to come out and check anything.Somebody shows up at my house will probly be greeted by a GUN in the face !!

  • John Q Public Jun 19, 2008

    Also not all elderly people can think as clearly as they once did.

  • daMoFo Jun 19, 2008

    Juangrande, what a stupid comment. Many elderly people would not think to ask for ID badges and know the official uniform of each utility worker. Nobody "deserves' to have their property stolen.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Jun 19, 2008

    If you're dumb enough to fall for this, you deserve to lose your stuff.

  • this is my Screen Name Jun 19, 2008

    Thieving doesn't stop with utility workers. Many wear suits. We call them politicians. Even Governor.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 19, 2008

    Shameful. Scamming the elderly. Their parents must be so proud.

  • taylor boy Jun 19, 2008

    They must be kept off of the streets at once.