Tulsa police issue warning about man posing as water worker

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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.

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Citywurkor - 10/5/2013 12:44 PM
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The members of the COT water department will not enter your house and are discouraged from doing so, the reason being, if the problem cannot be resolved at the water meter, then it is a private problem and the homeowner would be advised of this. A city employee would not enter your home simply because it stretches beyond their responsibility.

Mayor Maynot - 10/4/2013 7:40 PM
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Not too long ago a very nice young man fro The city came by and replaced the gauge that measures the eater flow. Seems like this one was leaking. So he pumped the water out uncoupled the valve and meter body from the line and replaced it with a new one that didnd leak. That's how you can tell it's real. They actually do something and they're not trying to get inside their job sToPs at the meter.
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