GAMBRILLS, Md. -
Approaching his home on Arabian Court in Gambrills a few weeks ago, Scott Chapman spotted something out of the ordinary.
"I saw a car going up my neighbor's driveway and I thought it was suspicious because I know it wasn't one of his cars."
Chapman parked his car and decided to check out the men who had gotten out of a grey sedan.
"I didn't realize my neighbor was home and he watched the people and they got out and tried to open his front door and then he came around the side of the house and they claimed to be with some code enforcement company that we checked that doesn't exist."
Chapman and his neighbor had unknowingly foiled a burglary, but Lt. T.J. Smith of the Anne Arundel County Police Department says those same men have pulled off similar heists using the same scheme.
"These gentlemen are posing as possible BGE workers or some type of construction workers. They're wearing construction reflective-type vests carrying clipboards, and they're going up to knock on a house door to see if anybody answers and then it appears they're using the back as a method of entry."
Lt. Smith says the best means of protecting yourself against such criminals is to ask them for identification.
"There's a protocol for the actual workers and they know the protocol. They're going to have their id. They're not going to hide from you. They're going to show you. They're going to let you call their supervisor or their place of business. The bad people---they don't want to be identified so they're going to get out of town as quickly as they can."
And that's what happened on Arabian Court.
The suspect's drove away in the grey sedan, but it had a temporary tag on it that was indiscernible.
If you spot any men in reflective vests in a similar vehicle, you're asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-6155.
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