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Fake city workers target Koreatown homes

July 9, 2010 12:10:18 AM PDT
The LAPD is warning that men posing as city utility workers have targeted homes in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.Detectives from the LAPD Olympic Station are asking for the public's help to identify and arrest the burglars.

The LAPD said since March, the suspects have been knocking on the doors of homes and telling residents they're city utility workers, plumbers or repair technicians. Once inside, one of the suspects distracts the resident while others steal items from inside the home.

The first suspect is described as a male Latino, 40 to 50 years of age, with black hair and brown eyes. He is about 5 foot 5 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs between 180 to 200 pounds.

The second suspect is a male Latino, 25 to 39 years old, with black hair and brown eyes and a dark complexion. He is about 5 foot 5 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighs between 180 to 200 pounds.

The Los Angeles Police Department reminds everyone that city utility workers wear distinct uniforms and identification, and anyone identifying themselves as a city worker should present identification. The public is advised not to open your door or allow the person to enter your home. If there's doubt, call police.

Anyone with information about the crimes committed is asked to call Olympic Property Crimes Detectives at (213) 382-9370 or (213) 382-9440. Anonymous calls can be made to Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


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