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Derby police seeking 2 men posing as Westar Energy workers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 6:52 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:28 p.m.

Derby police are looking for a pair of men who impersonated Westar Energy workers to gain access to a house Tuesday morning.

According to an alert from the Derby Police Department, the men approached a Derby resident at around 9:30 a.m., identified themselves as employees of the energy provider, and said they needed to check the house for “hot spots.”

They left after the homeowner contacted an electrician, police say.

Westar Energy spokesman Shane Batchelder said Tuesday none of the company’s employees were in the area working at the time of the report.

He added that Westar doesn’t perform electrical or energy audits and that Westar employees carry credentials.

“A Westar employee certainly wouldn’t be going door-to-door soliciting that type of service,” Batchelder said.

According to police:

The homeowner invited one man into the house to check the electricity, while the other man accessed the attic via the garage. The man inside the house flipped light switches off and on in several rooms then faked being shocked after he touched a breaker box.

The other man told the homeowner he found a chewed cable.

Police say the men drove away in a newer-model gray or black extended-cab truck after the homeowner called an electrician.

Anyone who knows the men’s identities is encouraged to call the Derby Police Department at 316-788-1557.

Police advise residents to confirm the identifies of utility workers asking to enter their homes.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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