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Man posing as utility worker steals $6,000 from homeowner

October 7, 2011 |  8:36 am

Police are looking for a man who impersonated a Glendale Water & Power employee and stole about $6,000 in cash and jewelry from a home.

The man knocked on the front door of the home on the 1400 block of East Wilson Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and told the homeowner he was there to check the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom, the Glendale News-Press reported, citing police reports.

“We have seen this [scam] before,” utility spokeswoman Atineh Haroutunian said. “We don’t go knocking door-to-door. We never ask to go inside your home to check on water quality.”

The homeowner asked the man for identification, but he told her he left it in his car, so she let him in.  Once he was inside, he went to the kitchen and turned on the faucet.

He told the homeowner and her son the water smelled like urine, and he asked them to watch the running faucet for 10 minutes while he went outside to make repairs, police said.

When he did not return, the homeowner noticed her cash and valuables were missing.

The man was described as white, 35 to 40 years old, about 5-feet-9 and 180 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He wore a blue T-shirt and jeans.


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