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3 Sought In Utility Worker Impersonation Incident

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police are looking for two men and a woman who they say went door-to-door at a senior citizen apartment complex in Lawrenceville claiming to be utility workers.

Authorities say it happened Thursday afternoon at the complex in the 4700-block of Hatfield Street.

According to police, the three were buzzed into the building around 4 p.m. and then went to separate floors telling residents “they were there to change their service to Positive Energy.”

The building’s social worker reported to police that the staff was gone from the main office when the woman and two men got into the building.

“So people here in this building, they are afraid for everything that’s going on,” said Alex Lipinski, a resident. “I’m afraid for myself too.”

Police say some of the residents who live in the complex gave out personal bank information and their Duquesne Light information. The social worker advised those affected to close their bank accounts and contact Duquesne Light.

Police describe all three as being African American and between their early-20s to mid-30s.

One man was between 20 and 30 years of age, five-foot-eight, 190 pounds with a brown complexion, medium build with short hair. He was wearing a white dress shirt, multi-colored tie and black dress pants.

The second man was between 25- to 35-years-old, also five-foot-eight and 190 pounds with a medium build. He was partially bald and was wearing a blue/gray plaid shirt and blue pants.

The woman is described as five-foot-four, 150 pounds with a medium build and between the ages of 22- and 30-years-old. She had a light complexion, straight red hair and was wearing a black shirt, black pants and black and white shoes.

Duquesne Light says its employees always wear uniforms and carry identification. And police are warning residents to not open their homes to any door-to-door solicitors.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 911 or contact the Pittsburgh Police Zone 2 police station at 412-225-2827.

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