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New Information: Watch For People Posing as Water Company Employees

Creve Coeur Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for anyone posing as a water company employee after West County residents report suspicious activity this week.

New Information: Watch For People Posing as Water Company Employees

 are warning residents to be on alert for people posing as water company employees. 

The warning comes after residents in Creve Coeur and Ladue reported suspicious activity this week from men posing as utility workers. Creve Coeur Police told Patch Thursday evening that the incident happened Tuesday around 3:10 p.m. and the Coeur de Royale Condominiums. A department spokesman said the impersonator did not get anything. 

Friday afternoon update: Creve Coeur Police have given a description of the suspect: 

The male is described as Caucasian, between 45-55 years of age, approximately 6’, medium build, with short, curly hair.  

Creve Coeur Police Sergeant Glen Williams said residents should always check for credentials in cases like these, and if there are ever any doubts, people should call the police.

A message seeking comment from was not returned Thursday afternoon.

Town and Country Police issued the following email alert with precautions for residents Thursday.

This is just a reminder that if anyone comes to your door and claims to be from a utility company and requests entry to your residence it could be an imposter intent upon committing a crime. Here are a few tips regarding this type of activity:

1. Be informed.
Typically when a utility company needs to perform work in your home or business, you will be contacted by letter or telephone in advance of the service visit.

2. Look for the ID.
Utility employees carry official company badges. Subcontractors carry their own photo ID and may also carry a temporary badge. Insist on seeing this identification. If you have questions, call the utility company to verify service PRIOR to allowing entry.

3. Check the service person’s vehicle.
Most utility vehicles have the company’s logo clearly displayed on the side.

4. If you’re suspicious, keep your door locked!
If the person cannot show you an ID badge or if you have any doubts, do not let that person into your home. Close and lock your door, call 911, and call the utility company to report the incident.

Residents can call 911, or the at 314 737-4600, if it's not an emergency.

Anonymous tips on the burglary can also be called in to  St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-317-TIPS (8477).

 

Creve Coeur Patch Local Editor Gregg Palermo contributed information for this report.

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