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4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

APD warns residents of water department imposter

NORTHWEST AKRON — The Akron Police Department (APD) is warning residents to watch for scam artists posing as fake water department employees.

The APD is investigating a theft from a resident that occurred in the 1000 block of Hampton Ridge Road April 16, in which an imposter was allowed into the residence.

The victim reported an individual knocked on her door and identified himself as a water department employee. The victim was advised by the alleged utility worker of possible problems with her underground water pipes. Once invited in, the alleged utility worker escorted the resident around the condominium checking various utility faucets and appliances. While preoccupying the victim, another suspect entered the residence and removed cash and jewelry.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall weighing 200-220 pounds with short black hair and a husky build.

The APD advises that the Akron Water Department is not responsible for fixing problems or testing inside the residence and rarely has a reason to ask for entry. Legitimate utility workers will have proper identification, be willing to show it and provide a supervisor’s phone number of the agency for verification.

Akron residents are advised that if anyone claiming to be a water department employee comes to their residence without an appointment, they should refuse entry and immediately call the APD at 330-375-2181.

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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