|Updated: 10/04/2013 7:19 pm
||Published: 10/04/2013 3:48 pm
Tulsa police are warning people about a man posing as someone working with the water system and then stealing from homeowners.
Police say on Friday a man knocked on a door in the area of 4300 South Norfolk Avenue and asked the homeowner about the water pressure in her home.
Police said the man told the victim he needed to verify the water pressure in the home was working properly. The victim was told if the water pressure was not working properly, she would need to purchase a $65 piece of equipment to correct the problem.
Police said the homeowner offered to give the suspect the money immediately, but he refused the offer. The man said he only needed to verify that the water pressure was working properly. Police said he followed the victim into the home and while she was distracted removed her wallet from her purse. The victim did not discover that her wallet was missing until the man left the home.
Police say he is driving a white van with Missouri licensed tags.
City of Tulsa employees sometimes must contact citizens at their homes to notify them of water service interruptions, temporary street closures, water leaks or other situations.
All city field employees have employee uniform shirts and carry photo identification cards identifying them as city employees and specifying for which department they work.
Citizens who are contacted by anyone identifying themselves as a city employee but who cannot show proper identification, may contact the Tulsa Police Department or the Customer Care Center 918-596-2100 to report the incident.