Suspects sought in home burglary; police say man falsely claimed to be utility employee

Suspects sought in home burglary; police say man falsely claimed to be utility employee

The Westerly Sun


An elderly couple’s home was burglarized after they were lured outside by a man posing as a worker with Eversource Energy, prompting the Connecticut State Police to issue a warning for residents to be on alert.

State police said the couple, who lives along Route 2 in Preston, fell victim to the scam on Tuesday afternoon when one of the men asked them to step outside to discuss a utility issue. A second man entered the house and stole several items while they were distracted.

According to a press release, the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the man who spoke with the homeowner was described as being unshaven and wearing a polo shirt and dark pants. He was driving a white vehicle that appeared to be a newer model, possibly a hatchback.

Eversource representatives remind homeowners that the company takes precautions to make sure that customers are able to verify any work or request made by the company.

On the company website, the utility offers information to protect consumers. It notes that in any case in which workers show up at a home, they will have company-issued photo IDs, as well as written documentation of the work or reason for the home visit. For more information, visit www.eversource.com/Content/ct-c/business/safety/protect-you-your-family-from-scams.

Connecticut State Police are also asking residents who may have seen anything suspicious, have information in the case or have experienced similar efforts to contact Troop E in Montville by calling 860-848-6500.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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