Man posing as utility worker robs Glen Burnie homeowner at gunpoint

He told woman he needed to come inside to check for possible gas leak

May 04, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

A man posing as a utility company worker checking for a possible leak was invited into a Glen Burnie home, where he robbed the owner at gunpoint, police said.

Anne Arundel County police said the man, carrying what appeared to be Pepco identification, knocked on the door of the residence in the 400 block of Bousch Place shortly before 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, and was allowed in by a 48-year-old female homeowner.

However, Pepco does not service that area. Its customers are in and around Washington.

Once the man was inside, he robbed the homeowner at gunpoint and indicated that he was familiar with the family and their business, police said. Afterward, he got into a dark gray Honda sedan parked on a nearby street, witnesses told officers.

Police said that utility company representatives call the home in advance if they need to enter a residence. Residents may contact police to investigate an unknown person who is seeking permission to come into a home or verify with the utility company that they have workers in the area, police said.

Police described him as a man between 40 and 50 years old, about 6 feet one inch tall, with graying hair, wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.

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