Glendale police investigating reports of city water service imposters

GLENDALE, AZ - Glendale police are issuing warnings about impostors, posing at city water services workers, asking to come inside people's homes.

Officers say the suspicious people are men or women carrying clipboards. So far, investigators have received three reports of the fake workers in November in southern Glendale near Grand Avenue.

"They'll say that they either need to check the chemicals in the water, or they are providing water filters," said Sgt. Scott Waite.

Armando Hernandez lives down the street from one of the targeted homes, but says he didn't see the suspects. 

"If they looked pretty sketchy I'd call the cops, but if they looked harmless I'd brush it off," said Hernandez.

Police think the fake water workers likely wanted to case the homes for burglaries.

"The scarier version is they are trying to come in a home to hurt you, hurt your family, and do something," said Sgt. Waite.

Citizens should be aware of these Glendale Water Service protocols: 

· Water is diligently checked from places outside homes. There is no need to check water from inside a home.

· Glendale Water Services employees wear city uniforms, including blue shirts and hats with city logos.

· They always carry identification cards, which residents are welcome to ask to see.  

· Glendale Water Services staff will always be driving a city vehicle with City of Glendale logos.

· Glendale Water Services staff respond to homeowners calls, but never initiates random checks.

If anyone comes to your residence posing as a city official, please contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or 911 in an emergency.  

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