Police: Ask for identification from those seeking entry to home

Woman believes men falsely claimed to be from gas company

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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If someone comes to your door claiming to work for the gas company and needing to check for a leak, you might want to ask them for identification before letting them in, the Vancouver Police Department said.

That exact situation played out at the home of a Vancouver woman over the weekend, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. A woman let two men into her home who said they worked for the gas company. She let them in but became suspicious when one of the men went into a bedroom. She asked the men for ID. When they didn’t have any related to a business, she asked them to leave, Kapp said.

The men left, the woman is OK and nothing appears to be stolen, Kapp said. But “it’s a good reminder that residents confirm actual identification,” before any stranger enters your home, she said.

“Most businesses would have people wearing a uniform,” she said. If you’re still unsure, you can call the business to ask if they have service people in the area. “They don’t want to be misrepresented either,” Kapp said.

The two men were not caught, but could face burglary charges because they used a fake story to get in, Kapp said.

One suspect is described as a white man in his 50s, 6 feet tall with thin hair. He was wearing tan clothing with a reflective vest that was too small. The other man is said to be a white man in his 50s, 6 feet tall and bald. The second suspect was also wearing tan clothing. They got into a dark sedan, Kapp said.

Anyone with information on the two are asked to call the West Precinct at 360-487-7355 or the East Precinct at 360-487-7500.