Police looking for suspects disguised as Duke Energy employees after stealing from home

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam where suspects are pretending to work for Duke Energy.

A safe was stolen from a home in the 2600 block of North NC Highway 16 on Thursday, January 7. 

Detectives say the victims told them a woman came to their door claiming to work for Duke Energy. She was described as 5'4," wearing a baseball cap and an unknown identification badge.

The woman went inside and talked to the victims about plans she said Duke Energy had to build a new school and develop the land behind the residence, according to detectives.

The victims did not notice anything missing from their home until Saturday, January 9, when they discovered their safe missing.

The safe is black with a digital keypad. It is two feet square and weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. The safe had important papers inside, according to the victims.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Duke Energy says the following is how to identify one of their employees:

Occasionally, Duke Energy may send employees or authorized contractors to your home to perform meter work or some other service. Please remember the following safety tips to protect yourself and your family.

  • If you ever question whether the person is a legitimate representative of Duke Energy, contact us to verify their identity and reason for the visit.
  • Always ask for identification.
  • In some instances, representatives from private companies may be working in your area on behalf of Duke Energy. If they do not have an official identification card, ask for their name and the reason for their visit, and then contact Duke Energy to verify the information.
  • Do not let anyone into your home unless you have verified their identity, or you have scheduled the visit through Duke Energy in advance.
  • Call police immediately if you believe the person is an imposter.
  • Duke Energy does not sell products and services door-to-door, and does not charge customers for tree trimming work performed in your area.

Anyone with information about the ongoing scam is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.