MOUNT VERNON — A man was observed Sunday at approximately 3:30 p.m. going door to door in the Mount Vernon area claiming to be a Columbia Gas representative. The man reportedly was attempting to collect on past due accounts.
He was described as a clean-shaven white male with brown hair and was approximately 6 feet tall. His clothing did not indicate that he was a Columbia Gas employee. He left the residence in a white Dodge pickup truck which also had no identifying logos or insignia.
Capt. George Hartz of the Mount Vernon Police Department said a Columbia Gas representative stated that their employees do not go door to door to collect on gas bills and Columbia Gas employees do not typically work on Sundays except for emergency service.
Hartz recommended that in this type of situation, when there is no scheduled service call, a resident should ask to see the company representative’s identification. If they cannot produce identification, advise them you are calling the company to verify their visit or call the police department.
If the suspicious party leaves, attempt to identify their vehicle and license plate number and call the Mount Vernon Police Department at 397-2222.
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