St. Louis thief poses as utility worker, targets victims in 80s, 90s

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | 11:54 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police said a man posing as a utility worker is targeting people in their 80s and 90s for theft.

Since Wednesday, police have investigated five incidents involving a man who poses as a Laclede Gas worker to gain entry into a home. Once inside, the suspect either demands money or steals from the victims, police said.

The victims range in age from 80 to 92. Four of the five victims have been women. Most of the crimes have occurred in the same area of south St. Louis.

Laclede Gas said its service technicians are in uniform, drive vehicles marked with the gas company logo and carry identification cards.


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