Police warn about "utility" burglaries

Staff reports

PENN YAN — Penn Yan Police Chief Gene Mitchell is warning area residents about a series of home burglaries in the Rochester area that could spread, and in fact, one instance has been reported in Seneca Falls.

Mitchell says there have been several home burglaries in which a subject gained access to elderly residents homes by saying they were there to check water meters or faucets.

While one subject keeps the homeowner busy for several minutes, a second person enters the residence and steals property.

Mitchell says representatives from utility companies should show an identification card and should be driving a marked utility vehicle. If you are not sure about an individual, contact police to verify who the subjects are.

Mitchell says police believe these acts are being committed by traveling criminal groups.