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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock Police need your help in locating and identifying a man impersonating an LP&L employee. 

According to police officials, a woman reported a theft at her home in the 5700 block of 38th Street around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. She says a man came to her front door presenting himself as a city employee with Lubbock Power and Light, and that he needed to check her water heater for leaks. She allowed him to enter, and he went straight to her water heater and appeared to know the layout of the residence. She was asked to go upstairs to turn on a bathroom faucet, and after a short time she returned downstairs to find the man had abruptly left. She reported her wallet had been stolen out of her purse that was located near the water heater.

The woman described him as a Hispanic male wearing a City of Lubbock hat and an orange vest. She also says he was speaking on a cell phone leading her to believe he was communicating with someone at LP&L. Another woman in her neighborhood reported a man with this same description had approached her home. However, when he would not show any credentials she refused to let him inside. 

Other calls reported the man was also knocking on doors in the 2000 block of Albany Avenue and the 5300 block of 20th Street. Those calls indicate he
was driving a white Dodge Charger and that a rear tire appeared to be a spare.

LP&L released a statement to KCBD about the incidents: "LP&L has been made aware of the situation surrounding an individual allegedly impersonating LP&L employees in order to gain access to customer's homes and we are working closely with the Lubbock Police Department as they conduct their investigation. We want our customers to be aware of the fact that LP&L employees will never seek to enter a customer's home in any situation.  LP&L's responsibility is to maintain electrical service up to a customer's meter and any electrical service on the customers side of the meter, including the wiring inside of their home, is out of the purview of LP&L.  If someone approaches you and asks to come inside of your home, even if they appear to be wearing an LP&L or  City of Lubbock uniform, you should deny them access and immediately call the Lubbock Police Department with their description."

Residents are urged to be cautious when allowing unknown individuals into their homes. If at any time a resident believes something to be suspicious they are urged to call police. 

The Lubbock Police Department asks anyone with information about this case to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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