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08 November 2018
NYSP warns residents of men posing as utility workers

Major William F. McEvoy
Troop C Commander


(November 8, 2018) – New York State Police are warning residents of a scam. 
State Police at Oneonta are currently investigating at least one complaint of two males posing as utility company workers while another person enters their home and steals money and jewelry. 
A complaint was reported on Wednesday, November 7 in the town of Franklin where two men wearing walkie talkies approached an elderly couple in front of their residence and distracted them.  Another person is believed to have entered their home and taken a large amount of cash, jewelry and coins.  The victims report the men were in a white Honda or Hyundai SUV that had out of state plates.  One man is described as Hispanic, clean shaven, approximately 50 years-old, approximately 5’3, 175 pounds, wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with matching sweatpants and a beanie hat.  The second man is described as approximately the same height, a little older with facial hair and blue eyes (with eyes that do not track together), wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

If you have any information contact SP Oneonta at (607)432-3211 or SP Sidney at (607)561-7400.
State Police warn residents not to let people that are not known to you into your home.  Most utility companies will not send a worker unannounced.  Have them identify themselves and ask for identification.  If you believe the person is an imposter, call 911 immediately. 

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