Someone impersonated a city worker in Baytown.
An online crime alert warned of an unidentified man wearing a tan waterproof jacket and overalls, walking around carrying a metal clipboard.
The alert said, "Please be advised that there is an unidentified middle-eastern male, approximately 6 feet 1 inches, 22 to 29 years old, black hair, wearing a tan waterproof jacket and overalls, with a grey metal clipboard walking around the area of Ward Road, Alexander, Narcille, James Bowie area, posing as a Baytown employee."
Residents said the city sent a text message warning of the man on Friday.
The alert also said, "The subject does NOT have a Baytown identification card but appears 'very convincing' when communicating with primarily the elderly citizen but others as well."
The modis operandi: He knocks on the door and when answered, he says, "'I work for Baytown and we are in the process of removing all overhead wires and placing them underground. Can I check your backyard?"
When the unsuspecting victim escorts him to the backyard, another unidentified male breaks into the home.
The City of Baytown said employees wear uniforms or carry identification and drive marked city vehicles.
The city's alert also said that most of the power lines belong to companies and not to Baytown.
To verify a Baytown employee, call 281-422-8371