SFPD’s Northern Police Station has issued an alert warning residents, especially those living in the Upper Polk St. area, that a man posing as a PG&E worker has struck the neighborhood, trying to get access to at least one home.
According to SFPD Captain Ann Mannix, this week a man showed up at a Upper Polk home at 8 PM, presented a form of PG&E identification and asked to come inside to look at the meter.
The only thing identifying the man seemed to be the uniform; neither his car nor his clothes indicated that he worked for PG&E, so the resident of that home refused to let the man in and asked that he come back during normal business a hours.
A call to PG&E confirmed that the resident’s suspicions were correct, as there was no record showing a visit needed to that home.
At this time there is no physical description for the suspect, Mannix says.
If you have any information or have had the renegade faux-PG&E come to your door, call the Northern Police Station at (415) 614-3400.
“Please do what this alert resident did” says Mannix “and refuse entry until you are sure the person at the door is there for official business. And always call us if unsure.”
Readers with sharp memories might recall that a similar strategy was allegedly employed by Gary Scott Holland, who is accused of killing Russian Hill publicist Kathleen Horan in October 2010 after posing as a utility worker to enter her home.
District Attorney’s office spokesperson Erica Terry Derryck tells the Appeal that Holland, who pled not guilty, remains in custody as he awaits trial. He’s expected in court again on August 25, in preparations for a preliminary hearing.
Eve Batey and Haighteration’s Andrew Dudley contributed to this report