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Police search for men who posed as MDC employees during burglary

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Police search for men who posed as MDC employees during burglary (WFSB) Police search for men who posed as MDC employees during burglary (WFSB)

Police are warning Metropolitan District Commission customers after a man posed as an employee and burglarized a home in Newington this week. Police said that incident is similar to one that happened earlier this month.

The first incident happened on Wednesday when police said an elderly woman let a man in her residence after he identified himself as a MDC employee.

"I felt humiliated. I felt embarrassed," said Michelina Breininger, of Newington, who was the victim of a scam on Wednesday.

The man, who was believed to be 40 to 50 years old and heavyset, was wearing what appeared to be a MDC badge on his brown shirt along with dark brown pants. Police said he entered the home with two other men to “conduct water-related tests.”

The “team” was inside the home for 20 minutes before police said they let through a side door and without speaking to the woman.

The woman told police that she was missing money and jewelry after the incident.

"I felt hurt that they would take advantage of someone who is as old as me," Breininger said.

Police said this burglary is similar to one that happened on July 15. Once again, an elderly woman heard a knock at the door and man identified himself as a MDC employee.

"I think the biggest thing is confirm that these people are legitimately sent from a utility company. It's not always MDC. It could be a utility company. It could be anybody," said Newington Police Sgt. Christopher Perry.

After being allowed into the home, the woman told police she followed him room-to-room. The suspect, who was wearing a black uniform, traveling through home turning on the water before leaving abruptly, according to police. Nothing was taken from the house, police said.

Both incidents were reported to MDC, who confirmed that there were no company employees in the area.

MDC released the following tips on

  • MDC field employees wear clothing and drive vehicles clearly marked with the MDC logo.
  • The MDC encourages customers to ask for identification from anyone who comes to their door. All MDC employees have photo identification badges and will gladly display them upon request. The policy is “No Identification - No Entry”.
  • If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the water company and you do not have a previously scheduled appointment, do not allow access to your home until calling the MDC Command Center at 860-278-7850 ext 3600 to verify their identity.
  • If you have any doubt about the individual’s identity or motives, or authenticity of their credentials, do not allow them entry into your home and call the police.

Anyone with any information about these incidents or sees a possible MDC imposter is asked to call the Newington Police Department at 860-666-8445.

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