The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating thefts involving two suspects who posed as contractors in Clinton, Md.
Police said detectives are investigating two separate incidents in which the suspects used the phony identities to steal items from households. The same two men are believed to be responsible for both thefts.
According to police, on Oct. 30 at about 3:30 pm, two suspects wearing white hard hats targeted a home in the 6500 block of Horseshoe Road in Clinton. The suspects told the victim they worked for a water company and were there to check on a gas leak in the victim’s home.
As one suspect walked into a bathroom with the victim to cause a distraction, the second suspect stole cash and a safe. The victim was unharmed. According to police, the suspects were driving a dark-colored sedan.
The second case occurred on Nov. 6, when the suspects targeted a home in the 5800 block of Kirby Road in Clinton.
According to police, the men told the victim they were in the area conducting survey work. When the victim walked to the back of the house with one suspect, the second suspect walked into the front door and stole a safe. The victim was again unharmed.
“Most utility workers do not need access to a customer’s home,” police said. “Utility workers are required to wear uniforms and drive vehicles that are clearly marked. They are also required to wear their work badges where it’s visible to customers. The worker should also be able to provide his or her supervisor’s name and contact information. If for any reason you are still unsure of the individual’s identity, please call the utility company for confirmation as well as the police.”
Anyone with information on these cases, or any other similar incidents, is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the Regional Investigation Division - South at 301-856-3130.
Information provided to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, can be anonymous. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of the suspects.