A resident on Finley Road said someone asked to enter her home to "do water analysis" on Wednesday, Feb. 11. She reported the incident to the Sheriff's dispatcher at 3:50 p.m., and said she did not let the person in.
A second person called at 7:30 p.m. from a couple of miles away on Colchester Street to say that two individuals had tried to gain access to the home by saying they worked for the "water company" and needed to "test the water." That resident also refused to allow them in and notified the Sheriff's Office.
In both cases, Sheriff's Deputies responded but were not able to locate the subjects who may have been trying to gain access to the residences to commit crimes. It is believed that the same subjects may be involved in both cases.
"It's important to be aware that this is happening," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. "To verify identification and to know that as far as water workers go, they are in uniform and they drive an official vehicle."
Lee said some things residents should bear in mind include:
1. Water utility staff will always be driving a clearly marked vehicle, have on a clearly marked uniform with the water utility logo on it, and will be wearing photo identification.
2. No water utility staff should ever be asking to go inside a person's residence for any circumstance unless previous arrangements have been made between the resident and the provider.
3. Please immediately report any suspicious person to your local law enforcement agency.
4. For further information, please contact your water provider.