Posing as city workers, 2 steal from Baltimore man Couple showed fake ID to gain access to home; $2,000 stolen, victim says


A couple posing as city water department employees entered a Northeast Baltimore home yesterday and stole at least $2,000, a victim said.

Edward M. Hammel, of the 3200 block of Kenyon Ave., said he recognized the man as the same one who asked to check the "inside" water meter at his home about two months ago. "I told him to leave then because the meter is outside and he didn't have ID," Hammel said.

About 1 p.m. yesterday, the man returned and displayed a laminated ID card with his photo and the words "water department" and asked again to check the meter, Hammel said.

Hammel said he reluctantly agreed and let the man in. He said the man was in the basement when he used a cellular phone to call the woman, who arrived minutes later, to help him locate the meter.

"While she tapped on the kitchen faucet," Hammel said, "the man was upstairs checking on water pressure in the bathroom."

They assured Hammel that the water pressure was good and left.

Minutes later, Hammel's 84-year-old father came down from his second-floor bedroom and said a man was in his room.

"When I checked my father's dresser and mine, I found the money was gone," said Hammel, who called police and reported the crime.

No arrests have been made.

"Regardless of ID," said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works, "employees cannot enter homes unless occupants report a problem."

Otherwise, he said, people should call the city at 410-396-3100 or the police.

Pub Date: 5/27/98

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