A Topeka water customer today reported that a man claiming to be a water division employee sought to enter her home to check her water meter, according to Water Superintendent Don Rankin.
The customer subsequently asked to see personal identification. The man then left and the citizen called police.
“She did exactly what you are supposed to do – she asked for identification and called the police when suspicions arose,” Rankin said. All City field personnel are required to carry identification. They also drive vehicles with a City seal and an identification number on the front fender.
The suspect was seen driving a red Toyota pickup. He was also wearing a safety vest commonly worn by field personnel. No other details about the impostor are available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call detectives at 368-9400 or Crimestoppers at 234-0007.