San Francisco police are warning residents of a scam where faux public utility workers are duping folks into letting them inside their homes and then robbing them.
According to police, the first incident occurred Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. on the 1400 block of Jackson Street. The suspect claimed to be a Water Department employee and said he was there to "check the faucets." The 82-year-old victim let him inside and left him alone in the bathroom for at least two minutes.
The victim later saw the suspect coming from a back bedroom. When the "worker" approached the victim, he appeared nervous and spoke into a walkie-talkie radio. He then accompanied the victim to the garage where they spoke for a few minutes before the suspect left.
Don't let this happen to you. Police are warning residents not to let strangers into their home without asking for proper ID -- all utility workers carry them. If you feel something is wrong, call the utility department:
San Francisco Water Department: 551-3000
Pacific Gas and Electric: 1-800-PGE-5000
If you have any information about these crimes, call the SFPD at 553-1521.