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Two reportedly impersonate power workers

Staff reports • Dec 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Before opening your door to allow anyone inside, make sure they are who they claim to be or the situation could become dangerous.

It happened this week at a Washington County residence when at least two people gained access to the home by impersonating utility workers.

Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Gregg said the elderly residents were distracted by one worker who wanted to show them where some tree trimming work needed to be done.

While that was going on, another person stole more than $6,000 from inside the home. “They said they were with the power board,” Gregg said.

Johnson City Power Board spokesman Robert White confirmed the incident and said all JCPB employees are required to show identification to residents. White said JCPB employees also drive vehicles with Power Board decals to identify them.

“JCPB customers skeptical of any individual claiming to represent JCPB are encouraged to contact JCPB,” White said.

Gregg said investigators are following several leads, but asked that anyone with information about the incident call the sheriff’s office at 788-1414.

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