Crooks pose as Entergy workers to access homes
POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:24pm
BATON ROUGE, LA —
Baton Rouge Detectives are investigating reports of two suspects posing as fiber optic cable workers and Entergy workers going to areas in Baton Rouge and burglarizing homes. The suspects are targeting elderly victims and are telling them that they are there for maintenance service. One suspect will distract the victim and walk them to the backyard, while the other steal items from inside the home.
The suspects have been seen in an older model red dodge pick up truck and in a newer model white pick up truck, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC.
The first suspect is a white male, 25 - 30 years old, 160 - 170lbs, and has worn a white t-shirt over a black under shirt with brown dress shoes and a tan baseball cap. The second suspect is a w/m, 44 years old, 180 - 200lbs, with no clothing description.
There has been three reported burglaries involving these suspects.
Entergy is aware of these incidents and has commented:
“Our employees do occasionally need to access a customer’s home or yard, usually for service requests initiated by customers,” said Dennis Dawsey, Entergy’s Louisiana Vice President of transmission and distribution operations. “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 or Crime Stoppers at 344- STOP.