CRIME
11/02/2012 02:40 pm ET

Con Edison Robberies? Reports Of Thieves Dressed As New York City Utility Workers Unconfirmed

Rumors are flying that thieves dressed as Con Edison workers are taking advantage of Hurricane Sandy victims and robbing people in several neighborhoods across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Twitter users are warning locals not to trust Con Ed workers at their homes, and the New York Post and Wall Street Journal have both talked to residents in in Gerritsen Beach and the Lower East Side who say they're aware of robberies in their area by phony utility workers. But as the Atlantic Wire points out, police in New York City and Con Ed representatives have yet to confirm the reports.

The tweet above has been shared over news and social networking sites hundreds of times. Henry Choi in the Lower East Side of Manhattan told WSJ that his building management posted extra security at the door due to the reported robberies. The rumors have grown, and publications like The Daily Mail are already reporting them as fact.

Details beyond that are sketchy, but the Atlantic Wire reports that the rumors of thieves disguised as Con Ed workers have circulated before. Last June, a Ditmas Park resident said that several faux utility workers came to his home.

Still, the NYPD and Con Ed are taking the stories seriously. Patch reported that residents are warned to turn away any workers who don't have proper ID. Con Ed said anyone suspecting an impostor should call 1-800-75CONED.

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