Elderly Greenwich Couple Nearly Scammed By Fake Utility Worker

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Police are warning residents of a suspect posing as a person claiming he works for the "gas company."
Police are warning residents of a suspect posing as a person claiming he works for the "gas company." Photo Credit: Eric Gendron, File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- An elderly couple in central Greenwich nearly had their home burglarized after allowing a man inside who claimed he was from the "gas company," according to a police report.

The suspect persuaded the couple to accompany him into the basement for about 15 minute by asking them questions about their heating system, police said.

While the victims were in the basement, they heard noises upstairs but thought nothing of it at the time, police said.

After the man left, the victims noticed that their bedroom dresser drawers were open and had been gone through, but nothing was missing, police said. Officers confirmed that the gas company did not have any workers in the area.

The suspect was described as a short -- 5-foot-2 -- light-skinned black or Hispanic male, wearing a tan shirt and tan jacket, with a thin build, dark hair and no facial hair. The man spoke with a lisp, but no accent, police said.

He drove away in an older tan colored full size SUV or work van in an unknown direction. The subject had no identification on his person or vehicle for the "gas company."

"The Greenwich Police would like to remind our citizens that all the Utilities/Communication companies have an ID requirement for their employees," Greenwich police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray said in a statement. "All field employees are required to carry company issued photo identification at all times and to present such identification upon request when entering into a customer’s home. We also encourage citizens who are unsure or have concerns, to call the Customer Service Department of the respective utility company."

If a worker cannot produce identification, customers should not allow entrance into their home or business and should immediately contact the Greenwich Police at 203-622-8001.

Police recommend residents to write down a description of the subject and the make, model and license plate of a vehicle.

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