Mt. Vernon PD warning residents of recent utility worker scam designed to distract homeowner from burglary

Mt. Vernon PD warning residents of recent utility worker scam designed to distract homeowner from burglary

MT VERNON, IL — The Mt. Vernon Police Department would like to make residents aware of some recent scams.

Over the last week the MVPD has responded to three different incidents where people have been portraying themselves to be utility workers have attempted to, or successfully have, entered residences. The suspect(s) have been wearing reflective type clothing and request the resident exit the home to speak with one of the suspects about a utility type issue. While the homeowner is distracted other suspect(s) attempt to gain entry to the residence.

The MPVD has been in contact with Mt. Vernon Public works and notified them of the incidents. Employees from the City of Mt Vernon will remain on scene until an officer can arrive to verify their identity.

If any resident of Mt. Vernon or the surrounding area is approached by these suspects please contact the Police Department at 242-2131 or 911 and attempt to provide as much information as possible.