San Rafael Police on Lookout for PG&E Impersonator

Saturday morning a man tried to convince a resident in a "quiet neighborhood" to let him in their home before he drove off in a silver 1998 Mercedes Benz.

Police are searching for a man who impersonated a Pacific Gas & Electric employee to try to gain entry to a home on Saturday, according to Sgt. Michael Vergara.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 11, a man knocked on a door in a San Rafael neighborhood and told the resident he wanted to be let in to check the water heater. He was wearing a safety type vest and some type of identification holder around his neck.

The resident refused to let the man in and the subject left after several attempts of persuasion.

“Officers contacted PG&E and discovered that they did not have any workers in that neighborhood,” Vergara said in a release.

The man was described as a black male, in his late 30s to 40s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 225 pounds. He left in a silver 1998 Mercedes Benz with a license place number of 5XYX964.

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Rico August 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Come on, a man coming to "check the heater" on a 95 degree day ? PG&E will come out and check your gas furnace if you call them, but they don't make random calls like that. I think that anyone who lives in a house with a yard should lock the front gate, and not allow strangers to knock on their door. Visitors are welcome if they call in advance, but this case is spooky and could have been avoided. The days of the traveling salesmen knocking on doors has been over for decades.
Bill McGee August 14, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Hey Ricky - the story reads "check the water heater" and the man refused to let him in. People do use hot water on 95 degree days though but this guy thankfully did not fall for it despite some type of false ID and a safety vest. Seniors in particular are vulnerable to random calls in person or over the phone so thankfully this resident avoided something worse happening.


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