|Published:||Jul 23, 2013 1:07 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 23, 2013 5:55 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police are warning residents about a scam involving suspects pretending to be utility workers.
One city resident was working outside her residence, when she was approached by a man claiming to be a utility worker. He said he needed to check for trees that may be interfering with the power lines. The suspect then asked to look at the trees in the backyard of the home, even after the resident stated there were no power lines. The suspect and the resident proceeded to the backyard to inspect the trees. The suspect stated if needed, he would come back and cut the trees for free.
The suspect, while in the backyard, received a phone call and then excused himself and walked away from the residence. The suspect did not arrive or depart in a vehicle. Upon entering the residence, the resident found that items had been stolen from inside her home. The resident did advise that the front door to the residence had been unlocked.
The suspect is described as being Hispanic, wearing navy blue pants, and a blue shirt. He was also wearing a light green vest that is commonly associated with utility workers.
The Fort Myers Police Department reminds residents of the following:
-Lock you doors and close your garage doors. Don’t leave your residence vulnerable to criminals.
-Don’t accept or converse with person posing to do unsolicited work. Ask for identification and who they represent.
-If a deal is too good to be true, it mostly likely is.
-Report any suspicious activity immediately to the police department.