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Police warn about man posing as city worker, holding ‘tester’

Homeowner says man walked in unannounced

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls Police warn residents to be on the lookout for anyone trying to enter their homes by posing as a city utility worker.

A man in his 90s reported to police that a stranger did just that on Wednesday.

According to a news release from police:

The homeowner became alarmed when, around noon, he realized a stranger was in his home in the 1500 block of First Avenue – a white man about 6 feet tall, weighing around 200 pounds.

The man, who told the homeowner he was a utility worker, was holding something that he called a “tester.” He walked through the house and into the basement. A few minutes later, he told the homeowner he had to go out to his truck to get some equipment, and he left.

The homeowner didn’t hear or see a truck, and the intruder never returned.

Police say that all city employees are required to wear a city-issued uniform, which has the Rock Falls logo and department information on it. They also are required to have photo identification on them and enter a home only after being invited in by the resident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department at 815-622-1140.

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