BRPD: Fake cable workers burglarizing homes

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 1:12 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2012 6:34 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

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Topics: impersonate, cable, entergy, thieves, burglarize, steal, elderly, victim

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge detectives need your help tracking down two thieves who reportedly impersonate fiber optic cable workers or Entergy workers, then steal from the homes they visit.

One suspect is described as a 25 to 35-year-old white male weighing 160 to 170 lbs. wearing a worn white t-shirt over a black under shirt with brown dress shoes and a tab baseball cap. The other is described as a 44-year-old white male weighing 180-200 lbs. They have been seen in an older model red dodge pick up truck and a newer model white pick up truck, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC.

Detectives say the two suspects target elderly victims at their home and say they are there for maintenance service. One suspect distracts the victim in the back yard, while the other steals items from inside the home.

Three of these burglaries have been reported.

Local cable company Entergy is aware of these incidents and released a statement.

"Our employees do occasionally need to access a customer's home or yard, usually for service requests initiated by customers," said La. Entergy Vice President Dennis Dawsey. "If a customer is unsure whether someone requesting entry is actually an Entergy employee, we encourage the customer to ask to see the person's Entergy identification. Customers can also call 1-800-ENTERGY to verify if an employee is scheduled to be at the location."

Anyone with information on these incidents are encouraged to contact the Burglary Division at 389-3824.

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