Men Pose As Utility Workers To Get Inside Homes

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Colorado Springs police are looking for two men who are apparently posing as Springs Utility workers.

Police said they received calls from two different elderly women about similar incidents. Both happened Saturday.

Police said the first victim lives off of Cresta Road on the west side of Colorado Springs. They said the witness reported that a man knocked on her door, claiming to be from the utility company.

The victim told police that the man said he needed to check her water pressure. She said she refused, but he pushed his way past her, turned her facet on and off, and left.

The victim said the truck he was driving did not have utility company markings and the man did not have identification.

The second incident happened across town, near Palmer Park Boulevard and North Academy.

Police said the second victim told them two men knocked on her door with the same story.

We talked to the victim, Audrey Lanosga, who said she allowed the men to enter the home, but as a mistake. The great grandma woke up from a nap to answer the door, expecting to see family.

"I got up and I hurried to the door, which was my first mistake because I really was too foggy," Lanosga said.

Police said she told them the men turned her faucet on and off, and asked her questions about her activities and the other residents of the home.

"(The suspect) handed me $100 and said 'we're going to pay you $40' and I said, 'I don't have change,' so he put it back...with his money and he put it in his pocket and he said, 'we'll mail it to you,'" Lanosga said.

Lanosga told us she doesn't know why the men handed her $100. Were they counterfeit bills, and did they want 60 bucks back in change? Or did the suspects want her to get her purse, so they could rob her?

Springs police don't know the motive, but the suspects didn't get away with anything, and neither homeowner was hurt.

Colorado Springs Utilities said they did not have any workers in the area at the time the victims were contacted by the suspects.

Both woman said the suspects were driving a gray pickup truck.

The first suspect is described as a white man between the ages of 40 and 50 years old. He is about 5-foot-8 with a medium to heavy build and brown hair.

The second suspect is described as a 30-year-old white man. He is about 5-foot-11 with a thin build, black hair and crooked teeth.

Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim or has information that could help the investigation to contact them at 444-7000.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and Colorado Springs Utilities said that all utility workers have identification badges with their photo on it. If there are any questions about the person, police and Utilities say to contact Springs Utilities at 448-4800 while having the worker wait outside.