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Lorain Police warn of utility impersonators

Lorain Police warn of a water department impersonation scam. (Source: MGN Online) Lorain Police warn of a water department impersonation scam. (Source: MGN Online)
LORAIN, OH (WOIO) -

Lorain Police want to warn residents of a potential scam. They received a complaint from a resident on East 38th Street who said she was approached by a man claiming to be with the water department early Wednesday morning. 

The man asked the resident, Cheri Bealer, if he could check the pipes inside the home. He refused to show his ID and was not driving a city marked car.

Bealer caught on quickly and told the man he couldn't come in the house. Her 90 pound Rottweiler started to bark, so the man left, saying he would come back later. 

"He was a big guy, real big...He could have grabbed me and taken me inside, you know what I am saying," said Bealer. 

She called the water department, who advised that all workers are required to wear and show ID, and only drive city vehicles. The police were called. 

The water department said another resident called with the same complaint. 

The suspect is described as a large-build black male, around 6'0" tall. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans, and driving a white Ford Crown Victoria. 

If you have any information on the suspect, please call Lorain Police at (440)204-2100, or by text to the tip line by texting keyword 'Lorain' to 847411. 

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