Man posing as utility worker tries to enter Gresham homes, police say

GRESHAM, Ore. – A man is posing as a utility worker in an effort to enter people’s homes in Gresham, police say.

People living near the intersection of Northwest Division Street and Mawrcrest Drive, and residents of an apartment complex in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard said a man knocked on their doors claiming to work for a utility company and asked if he could come in and check their services, said Gresham police Detective Adam Baker.

Police have taken at least five reports about the man. He knocked on doors as late as 9 p.m. from April 13-28. He had no identification badge or uniform.

Local utility companies determined the man was not one of their employees or contractors and called police.

None of the residents allowed the man into their homes.

Police believe there may be more incidents involving the man that were not reported.

“Utility companies say it's rare for a worker to contact homeowners unannounced, especially late at night, so if someone comes to your door purporting to be from a business or company, make sure you ask for a photo identification and look for a vehicle with a matching logo on it. If the person still seems suspicious or refuses to give you information, call police with a description of the person,” said Baker in a news release.

Anyone who had a similar experience or has a description of the man is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 1-888-989-3505.

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