Man posing as Ameren employee inspects meter while accomplice robs home

News-DemocratJune 5, 2013 

A Godfrey resident's home was robbed Tuesday night while another suspect posed as an Ameren employee to inspect the home's gas meter. The suspects remain at large.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department responded just before 7 p.m. Tuesday to the home in the 7500 block of Humbert Road. Deputies met with the home owner who reported the theft of her purse from inside her home.

According to police, the victim said a man knocked on her front door who identified himself as an employee of Ameren. The man told the victim he was there to check her home's gas meter, police said.

The victim escorted the man to her home's exterior gas meter, and the man inspected the meter in the presence of the victim.

As the subject was leaving, police said the victim noticed a second individual sitting in the vehicle outside her home. The victim thought that was suspicious, so she requested to see the man's credentials. The suspect did not produce identification proving he was an employee of Ameren.

After the suspects left, the victim discovered her purse and other property were taken from inside her home, police said. Investigators suspect the second individual entered the victim's home while her gas meter was being inspected.

The men arrived at the home in a dark-colored passenger car.

Police released the following description of one of the suspects: a white male with reddish/blonde hair and blue eyes, early 20s to 30, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a medium build and tattoos on hands, including a distinctive "LOVE" tattoo written across the knuckles of one hand. A detailed description of the second suspect was not available.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 618-692-4433 or the anonymous tip line at 618- 296-3000.

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