Police Warn Of Service Worker Scam

LA MESA -- Police are warning local residents that burglars recently have been posing as service workers to gain entry to homes and commit crimes.

Police have received two recent reports of burglars using this technique and are issuing directions to residents on how to verify that service workers are legitimate.

On February 16 at about 3:00 p.m., a resident in the 5800 block of Kappa Drive was approached by a man claiming he was a San Diego Gas & Electric worker who needed to examine an electrical breaker box. While the victim was distracted with the alleged SDG&E worker, an accomplice or accomplices burglarized the residence. On February 21at about 7:00 p.m., a man told a resident in the 5900 block of Cowles Mountain Boulevard that he was from “The City Inspector’s Office” and needed to check a gas leak in the yard. The subject kept the resident distracted while others burglarized the residence.

The suspect for the burglary on Kappa Drive was described as a white male adult, 5 foot 3 inches, 150 pounds, ponytail to the middle of his back. He was wearing a brown jacket, khaki pants, and had an earpiece in his ear with a wire down the back of his shirt. He spoke Spanish.

The suspect in the burglary on Cowles Mountain Boulevard was described as a white or Hispanic male adult, late 20’s, 5 foot 10 inches, 160 pounds and thin. He was wearing a hat with “City Inspector” written on the front, beige plaid long sleeved shirt, and a name badge around his neck. He was carrying a clipboard. A white “boxy SUV” was seen in the area at the time of the burglary.

A resident should always request to verify the identity of a service worker by asking to see their employee photo identification card. If a resident is still uncertain the subject is an employee, they can call the appropriate agency to verify their purpose and identity. The following numbers are available as a reference:

City of La Mesa- 619-463-6611 Helix Water- 619-466-0585
SDG&E- 800-411-7343 AT&T- 800-288-2020

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