Police warn of fake city workers

PORT ANGELES — Police are alerting Port Angeles residents to be wary of unfamiliar persons on their property after they said that a man who claimed to be a city utility worker attempted to enter a woman’s home.

Two males wearing neon traffic vests told the West Seventh Street homeowner whose property they entered that they were city utility workers but failed to produce identification, the woman told police.

She called police at 1:15 p.m. Thursday to report that one of the men entered her yard and the other asked to come inside the house, pushing on the door.

The men, dressed in white T-shirts and jeans, left after failing to produce identification, police said.

Officers did not find anyone who matched their descriptions.

Police Chief Brian Smith said city employees wear vests that identify the departments in which they work and that city utility employees do not ask to enter residences.

Employees who check meters wear orange vests with “City of Port Angeles” written on the back and wear a City ID cards and drive white city vehicles that display the city seal on both front doors.

City employees who are not in uniform wear and display their city ID cards.

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