Originally created 12/20/05

Scammers posing as utility workers



Two men are posing as Georgia Power employees in order to get into residents' homes to rob them, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Rogers said two people were victimized during the weekend and one on Monday, so officials are urging residents to be on the lookout.

The incidents took place Saturday night in the 700 block of Fleming Street, just after 2 a.m. in the 3600 block of Belair Road and Monday afternoon in the 2100 block of Kennedy Drive.

Sgt. Rogers said that in each case, two men came into the residences and claimed to be Georgia Power workers needing to check the residents' wiring.

"Once inside, they're measuring the rooms, getting the victim to hold one end of the tape so they're distracted," he said. "There are two guys, so the other one then takes the time to look around the house."

The sergeant said the nature of the scam and the description of the men involved leads him to believe it could be the same con artists who preyed on several Augustans this summer.

No one was arrested in connection with those incidents.

Sgt. Rogers said the recent victims described the robbers as white men between 40 and 65 years old wearing gray-and-white construction hats.

One of the men is said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds, and the other is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds.

They are apparently driving a burgundy Dodge van, he said.

Anyone with information about the men is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Reach Dena Levitz at (706) 823-3339 or dena.levitz@augustachronicle.com.

Don't fall for it



Police recommend these tips for residents to avoid becoming victims:

- Ask for credentials from anyone coming to your residence claiming to be a Georgia Power or other utility worker.

- Check the employees' vehicle. Georgia Power employees would have a marked van or truck.

- Georgia Power employees visit your house if you have called them or there is a large-scale check of the area. If someone is there for any other reason, be wary.

- Call Georgia Power to be sure the company sent a crew to your neighborhood.



The number for Georgia Power's Corporate Security office is (404) 506-4116.