EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


January 18, 2014

Men pretending to work for the city tries to enter elderly woman's house

HAVERHILL — An 85-year old woman told police that two men claiming to be city employees tried to gain access to her home while she was taking a shower.

The men showed no identification and after the woman told them to leave they drove away in a small blue crossover-type vehicle.

“If someone tells you they are working for the city they should display identification cards,” police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said. “These guys had nothing.”

The woman, a resident of the Kenoza Avenue area, told police that on Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. she was taking a shower when she heard knocking on her front door. The woman told police she got out of the shower, put on a robe and went to the front door, where she encountered a man trying to enter her home.

The woman asked what he was there for, and the man told her he was doing demolition for the city.

The woman told police that a second man came up behind the first and also claimed he was working for the city.

“She told them to leave and they drove off in a small blue crossover type of vehicle,” Thompson said.

The woman described the first man as about 5-foot 9-inches tall and 150 pounds with grey hair and wearing a white T-shirt.

She described the second man as about 5-feet 8-inches, heavy set with black hair and a black jacket.

Thompson said another incident occurred earlier that day and may be related. He said two men were observed in front of a house on Park Street at about 1 p.m.

“A neighbor approached and asked what they were doing and they said they were looking at abandoned properties,” Thompson said. “Police were called and when they arrived the two men were gone.”

Police are asking residents to beware of strangers coming to your door and if in doubt, demand to see identification.

“Call City Hall to verify their identity or call police,” Thompson said.

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