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Water Utility Service Imposters ~ The imposter says he wants to check the water pressure.

Below is information from Officer Gaylon Sells, of the SDPD, who partners with the SD Sheriff's Department Crime Prevention Division when crimes occur where the Sheriff's Department and San Diego Police Department boundaries meet in the Del Mar area. In their efforts to keep our residents informed of the latest scams, they want to remind everyone to keep vigilant.

(San Diego)The San Diego Police Department is warning residents about a male suspect who used a ruse to gain entry into a home in the Rolando neighborhood and steal from the homeowner.

On September 15 the elderly female victim notified police that a man had come to her door at about 3:30 p.m. claiming to be a city of San Diego Water Department employee. He was wearing what appeared to be a uniform with an ID badge hanging around his neck. He told her his name was Rich and that he needed to come inside and check the water pressure. He asked that the resident flush toilets in the restrooms while he ran water in the kitchen sink. After the suspect left, the resident realized that he had stolen cash from her purse.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 50 years old, 5'5", about 160-165 lbs with brown hair and he was clean-shaven. The suspect had a raspy voice and was wearing a gray button-down, short-sleeved shirt and gray pants.

It is rare that a city of San Diego Water Department employee would need to gain access to the inside of a residence. All city employees are required to carry photo identification with them while on duty. If any person claiming to be a city employee comes to your residence asking to gain entry, ask them to produce their city identification before you allow them into your home. You can verify that the individual is an employee of the Water Department by calling (619) 515-3525. If there is any question in your mind as to whether any individual is a city employee, do not allow the person inside your home and call the San Diego Police Department immediately at (619) 531-2000. Also visit this site for additional information.

If you have any information on this case, please call Mid City Division at (619) 516-3000 or SD County Crime Stoppers anonymous, toll-free tip line (888) 580-8477. Anonymous text and email messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.




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