Within the past three weeks, two different residents of Plainfield Township were contacted by individuals claiming to be working for the “Water Department.” In both instances the Kent County Sheriff’s Office believes they were attempting to impersonate a water department employee in an attempt to enter the residence with criminal intent. One resident was contacted by telephone and the suspect set up an appointment. He never showed. The other resident was contacted at her residence by an individual claiming her water meter on the outside of the house was not working properly. He said he needed to come inside for a more accurate reading. The home owner did not allow him to enter then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office are looking into both situations.
Plainfield Township officials advise residences to check their official website, plainfieldchartertwp.org, for current project information that may be taking place throughout the township. They also advise that all township employees drive clearly labeled vehicles, wear uniforms and carry township pictured ID.
The Sheriff’s Office verified the township had no reported water problems nor did they have any workers in that area.
Sheriff’s Deputies believe the suspect may be working with an accomplice and possibly stealing property from the victims when given the opportunity. The suspect is described as a white male, tall and thin.
Their vehicle was described as a white or grey SUV, or possibly a white-colored pick up truck.
Remember: Government workers should be in uniform and should always have proper/official identification before being allowed into your home. Use your phone directory and attempt to verify the information that the subject is giving you. If they are legitimate they will be patient, understanding, and accommodating while you verify their credentials.
For more information contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.