The Gresham Police Department has received reports from local utility companies that citizens in the northwest part of town have encountered a man posing as a utility worker trying to enter their homes under the guise of work.
Utility companies have confirmed the person was not one of their employees or contract workers. Police said residents have reported these incidents five times to the companies, but there may be more unreported incidences.
The man knocked on doors around 9 p.m. between April 13 and April 28 near the intersection of Northwest Division Street and Northwest Mawrcrest Drive and at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard. He claimed to work for a utility company and would ask residents to come in and check their services. The man had no identifying uniform or identification badge, police said, and no suspicious vehicles have been seen.
In all the reported incidents, the man was denied entry into the homes, and his motivation is still unknown. Utility companies say it's rare for a worker to contact homeowners unannounced, especially late at night, so if someone comes to your door purporting to be from a business or company, ask for photo identification and look for a vehicle with a matching logo.
Police say if the person seems suspicious or refuses to show identification, call the police with a description of the person.
Anyone who has had a similar experience, a description of the man or the car associated with him, call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 1-888-989-3505. Callers can remain anonymous.