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Sheriff warns of man posing as Time Warner worker in Monclova Twp.

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The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office has a warning for people in the Monclova Township area.

Detectives say a man is posing as a Time Warner worker to get inside homes.

Investigators say no one has been hurt so far, and nothing has been reported stolen.  But if there is a poser, he’s believable.

A woman who lives in the 7400 block of Kaolin Road in Monclova Township says last Wednesday at 2 p.m. a man who identified himself as a Time Warner worker came to her door saying her computer modem may be causing a problem with neighbors, according to the report.

"There was a Time Warner truck parked right down there on the curb,” says Dave Bell, a retired neighbor who was out working on his lawn.

He says the vehicle looked legitimate and he had no reason to be suspicious.

"There has been little or no crime in this area,” says Bell. “It's a peaceful area."

"He was wearing a reflective vest that actually said ‘Time Warner’ on the back of it,” says Det. Sgt. Dave Carter with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

Det. Sgt. Dave Carter says the woman let the man in her home.  The man went back and forth between the home computer in the kitchen and the basement to “check wiring.”

According to the report, the man hooked a device up to the computer and left the house.

The woman later called Time Warner and they told her they didn’t send anyone out and had no people in the area.

"I would love to know what his purpose because it is weird,” says Det. Sgt. Carter. “This day and age, hopefully he didn't do something to her computer to steal her identity."

"You never know any more these days, people pose as different things on phone calls, there's different scams going on,” says Butch Dhondt, a neighbor. “I wouldn't put it past that to happen."

Mike Hogan, a spokesperson for Time Warner Cable, tells 13abc, “All our in-home service and installation visits are scheduled and we would never make an unannounced visit.  As with any situation where someone comes to your door and you feel something isn’t right - don’t let them in your home.  Shut and lock all doors and windows, get to a safe place in the house and call 911.”

"A neighbor said there was a similar incident several days ago, that the description was very close,” says Det. Sgt. Carter.

Det. Sgt. Carter advises homeowners to ask for any utility worker’s ID card and call the company before letting them in the door.

"Make sure they are in fact an employee and actually have business there. Otherwise, I would not allow someone into your home,” says Det. Sgt. Carter.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect is described as wearing either khaki or grey uniform-type clothing with a reflective vest with the Time Warner logo on the back and possibly on the chest.  The suspect is possibly Hispanic, 5'9” with an average build and frizzy dark hair. He does not have any distinguishing scars or tattoos.

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