The San Diego Police Department is warning San Diegans about a man who is posing as a city employee to gain entry into people’s homes.
Citing three recent incidents, the press release details the robber’s scam:
The victims say that a male comes to the door wearing a uniform similar to a mechanics uniform. He says he is with the city of San Diego Wastewater Department (or sewer department) and asks to check the plumbing or water pressure inside the residence. When the resident is distracted, he steals jewelry, wallets and cash from the residence.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 35 — 40 years, 5’6″ to 6’ tall and clean shaven.
The press release tells residents that only in very rare circumstances will the city’s wastewater department ever have to gain access to the inside of someone’s home.
The release says:
The vast majority of their work is done in the city right-of-way rather than on private property. 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. You can verify that the individual is an employee of Metro Wastewater by calling (858) 292-6484 during business hours or (619) 515-3525 after hours.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the SDPD Eastern Division at (858) 495-7900 or Crime Stoppers Anonymous at (888) 580-TIPS.