EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 17, 2013

Police: Beware of man posing as city worker

By Bill Cantwell

---- — HAVERHILL — Police are warning residents to watch out for a man posing as a city Water Department worker and trying to enter homes.

The man tried to talk his way into two Haverhill homes Thursday afternoon, police said. He told residents of those homes that he needed to get into the homes to check the water because of a water system emergency, according to police.

The residents who were approached by the man described him as 5 feet-9 inches tall, heavy set, in his early 30s and clean shaven, according to police. The residents said he was driving a dark-colored pickup truck.

Police said any worker sent to a home would have a city department identification card, which includes a photo of the worker. Any such worker would also be driving a vehicle bearing the City of Haverhill seal identifying it as being from a city department, police said. They also said Haverhill has hired a company to replace water meters in homes, but workers from that company also carry identifications.

Police cautioned residents not to let anyone claiming to be a city worker into homes without seeing a proper identification or if they are at all uncomfortable. If any resident is in fear, he or she should call 911, police said.

A complete report will appear in Friday's edition of The Eagle-Tribune.