Here's the statement from the Racine Police Department:
There have been attempts by strangers posing as Wisconsin Energies employees gaining unlawful access to the homes of elderly citizens in efforts to steal from them. In the latest incident on March 9, an individual claimed he was from WE Energies and that they were doing work in the neighborhood of 700B Belmont Ave. that required them to check her electricity. Despite the fact that he was not uniformed with WE Energy markings and had no company ID, he was allowed into the home.
He walked around the home turning switches on and off, telling her that her meter needed replacing. She gave him $50, and after walking around the home some more, he gave her back the cash, stating that he would be back the next morning to fix the meter.
In an earlier incident on Feb. 19, a similar ruse was used in the 1300B Monroe Ave. In both incidents, the offender was described as white males.
Reports from other agencies in southeastern Wisconsin indicate that several other communities in the area are suffering the same type of burglaries.
The Racine Police Department anticipates that there may have already been similar unreported incidents or will be other incidents in the near future based on the pattern of the offenders and the type of crime. Family members should consider talking to their elderly relatives and make them aware of this type of ruse.
The Racine Police Department wants to remind all residents that when a person comes to the door claiming that they work for a certain utility or business, they will usually have a uniform and photo identification card that you should ask to see, before allowing them into your home. At any time, if you believe that the person at your door or your neighbors is suspicious, feel free to call the Racine Police Department at 262-635-7700 and request assistance.
Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information you may have about these incidents. You are urged to call the Racine Police Department at 262-635-7700 and ask for the Investigations Unit, or Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.