Man Poses as Public Utilities Employee

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013  |  Updated 7:30 PM PDT
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Man Poses as Public Utilities Employee

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Officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department issued an alert Wednesday warning the public of a suspicious man who’s been posing as a public utilities employee in Solana Beach.

According to officials, a man falsely representing himself as a public utilities worker for the Solana Beach area gained entry into an elderly resident’s home Tuesday at about 11 a.m.

The man told the homeowner he needed to perform water pipe tests due to construction in the area.
Deputies say that’s when the homeowner requested to see official identification from the man, but he told the owner his credentials were in his truck.

After entering the home, the fake utility employee allegedly walked through the house and then left.
According to the sheriff’s department, City workers and utility personnel always carry official identification. When in doubt, officials urge the public to ask for the name and phone number of the worker’s supervisor.

“Trust your feelings; never let anyone into your home if you are uncomfortable,” said the warning from the sheriff’s department. “Do not open the door for someone you do not recognize.”

Officials also recommend using a peep-hole, window or locked security screen door. Anyone with concerns about someone suspicious at their residence can call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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