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Thief posing as water worker now reported in Jackson County

Updated: 2013-09-27T21:31:02Z

Independence police are warning residents about a man posing as a contract employee of the city’s water department to gain entry into residences.

The man has been allowed into two homes and has stolen money or credit cards, said Tom Gentry, Independence police spokesman. In a third incident, he said, a Raytown woman refused to allow the man inside her home.

Overland Park police received similar reports from two residents earlier this week.

Gentry described the person as a white man of slender build, about 6 feet tall and about 50 years old. The victims in both of the Independence cases were elderly, he said.

In each case the man announced that he needed to check plumbing inside a home. Representatives of the Independence Water Department do not inspect plumbing unless they are requested to do so and an appointment has been made, Gentry said. Also, all employees carry identification.

Anyone with information is asked to call Independence police at 816 836-3600 or the TIPS Hotline at 816 474-8477.

Brian Burnes, bburnes@kcstar.com

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