Police: Residents Should Beware Of Utility Scams In Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Md., Areas

10:48 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - Two incidents involving utility scams in Chevy Chase and Bethesda are being investigated, according to Montgomery County Police.

On October 26, at approximately 11:35 a.m., police responded to  the 5300 block of Sherrill Avenue for a report of a burglary. The 87-year-old woman victim told police that she had responded to a knock at the door, opening it to find a male suspect wearing tan pants and a hard hat. He told her that he worked for Bethesda Water Company, that there was a water main break and that he needed to check the water pressure.

At this point, a neighbor arrived to check on the victim, and the suspect again stated that he worked for Bethesda Water Company. He left, getting into a gray Saturn vehicle.He did not enter the victim's home.

The same day at  11:50 a.m., police responded to the report of a burglary in the 5200 block of Alta Vista Road. The 86-year-old woman victim told police that she heard a knock on the door, and she opened it to find a male suspect wearing blue jeans, a reflective vest, and hard hat. He told her he worked for the water company, that there was a water main break and that he would have to check the water pressure in the basement.

The victim accompanied the suspect to the basement, and while there, she heard heard footsteps upstairs. When she questioned the suspect about the footsteps, he quickly left her home. residence. After the suspect had left, the victim went upstairs and discovered that jewelry was missing from her bedroom.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about these incidents or the suspect(s) involved to call 301-657-0112.

Police also warn residents that there will be an increased amount of utility work in the aftermath of Sandy, and to be aware that all utility workers will carry proper identification. If workers cannot provide proper identification, residents should not allow them into their homes. Residents should also check with local utility companies to be certain the company has workers in the area before letting any workers into their homes.

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