Fake Water Employee Forces Way Into Stoughton Home

by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030

STOUGHTON, MA (WBZ NewsRadio) — Stoughton police are reporting a man posing as a Water Department employee forced his way into an elderly woman’s home Saturday afternoon.

According to the woman, the man pushed his way past her flashing an id saying to her "Water Department" and demanding to see the water meter. Despite misgivings, she led him to the basement then tried to call 9-1-1. The fake meter reader ripped the phone from her hand, and tried to rip it off the wall before escaping through the basement door.

The suspect is described as a Spanish-speaking, light-skinned male. He had a clean-cut beard, a black winter hat, Bluetooth headset, a blue jacket and work gloves. Police say he arrived at the house in a silver SUV with another man. are asked to call the Stoughton Police Department at 781-344-2424. We also ask that if anyone comes to your home for a random spot check, you keep them outside if possible and call the company they represent directly. You never have to allow anyone into your home without confirmation of who he or she is and the company for whom the person works.

The Stoughton Police report this is not the first such incident and want to remind everyone that if anyone knocks on your door for a random spot check, don't let them in until after you call the company they represent directly. You never have to allow anyone into your home without confirmation of who they are.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stoughton Police Department at 781-344-2424.

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