Police warn La Mesa residents of burglar posing as utility worker
LA MESA (CNS) – La Mesa police Thursday warned residents about a burglar
posing as a utility worker or city inspector who distracts victims while an
accomplice steals items from homes.
The burglaries occurred in the 5800 block of Kappa Drive about 3 p.m.
last Thursday and in the 5900 block of Cowles Mountain Boulevard about 7 p.m.
Tuesday, according to La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass.
In the first burglary, a man claiming to be an SDG&E worker told a
resident he needed to check an electrical breaker box. In the second, a man
identified himself as being with the “City Inspector's Office” and told the
resident there was a gas leak in the yard.
“A resident should always request to verify the identity of a service
worker by asking to see their employee photo identification card,” Nicholass
said. “If a resident is still uncertain the subject is an employee, they can
call the appropriate agency to verify their purpose and identity.”
Police described the phony SDG&E worker as about 5 feet 3 and 150
pounds. He spoke Spanish and had a ponytail that hung to the middle of his
back, police said.
The man who claimed to be with the “City Inspector's Office” is in his
late 20s, about 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds, according to police. He wore a hat
with “City Inspector” written on the front and a name badge around his neck.
Police said he carried a clipboard.