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Homes burglarized by phony Pasadena city worker

January 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Pasadena residents are warned to be on the alert for a burglary suspect who poses as a Pasadena Water and Power employee and ransacks homes.Pasadena police say there have been two incidents in which a man claiming to work for Pasadena Water and Power gained access to the homes of elderly residents, claiming he needed to check the water pressure. He ransacked the homes and stole items of value.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall, with black hair and a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans.

When he was finished in the homes, he got into the back seat of a pinkish beige compact, four door car. Another person was driving.

Police say Pasadena Water and Power employees always wear a visible photo ID with a city seal and employee number. If someone asks for entry into your home, you should look for an official city of Pasadena vehicle outside. Pasadena Water and Power employees never use personal vehicles to make service calls.

They generally do not have to enter a home unless there is a meter located inside or a resident asks for an inspection.

Anyone with a question about Pasadena Water and Power personnel can call (626) 744-4409 during normal business hours. For after hours or weekends, they can call (626) 744-4472.

If you suspect someone is posing as a Pasadena city worker, you're asked to call Pasadena police at (626) 744-4242. You should be prepared to provide a description of the suspect, and the vehicle the person is using.