Citizens need to be alert

Local authorities are investigating an incident in which a man posed as a city employee and committed a burglary. He advised the resident that he needed to inspect the backyard. While he had the neighbor distracted outside he left through the front of the house to get something out of his truck and took the resident’s wallet.

The Augusta Police also think the imposter is the same individual who posed as a maintenance worker for an apartment complex and told a resident said he needed to check some pipes. He then told the resident that she some vents needed replaced and he would need some money for the parts. The resident gave him $14 for the parts, but he never returned. The apartment manager had not authorized any work.

In another incident, a man matching the same description attempted to persuaded a resident to hire him for some yard work. The man stated he needed to use his cell phone and left without returning. Nothing was reported taken from that location.

The suspect was described as a tall, white male in his 40s, about 180 pounds, with bad teeth.

Department of Safety Chief Tyler Brewer advised on Tuesday, “We think the cases are related. We want the public to be aware that anyone claiming to be a city employee will have proper credentials. If there is any question, keep your door locked and tell them you are calling the police to confirm their identity.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 316-775-4500.