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Mt. Pleasant police warn of utility worker scam

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Suspect in utility worker scam in Mt. Pleasant Borough and Scottdale and Connellsville in Fayette County. Anyone with information is asked to telephone Mt. Pleasant Police at (724) 547-7210.
Suspect in utility worker scam in Mt. Pleasant Borough and Scottdale and Connellsville in Fayette County. Anyone with information is asked to telephone Mt. Pleasant Police at (724) 547-7210.

Mt. Pleasant Borough police are warning residents of two men posing as utility workers, entering homes and stealing items and money.

Officer Timothy Ferree said a borough resident was scammed out of more than $1,700 on Nov. 6. Similar incidents have been reported in Scottdale and in Connellsville, Fayette County.

“What happened here is that last week two men approached an elderly resident saying they were electric utility workers and needed to check out the home’s wiring,” Ferree said. “The one man takes the person into the basement and distracts the homeowner, while the second person goes through the house removing whatever they can get their hands on.”

Ferree said the men claim to work for an electric or water utility.

“They have no identification, but are wearing work clothes,” he said.

Police provided a photograph of one suspect taken during an unsuccessful attempt to dupe a Scottdale resident last week.

“That resident was immediately suspicious of them and refused to open the door,” Ferree said.

Police believe the men are driving a gray sport-utility vehicle, either a Subaru or Kia.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mt. Pleasant police at 724-547-7210 or call 911.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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