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Fake gas company employees try to rob homeowner at gunpoint

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police are looking for two men who they say posed as gas company employees and then tried to rob a man.

The incident occurred Tuesday in the Byrne and Dorr area.

"I never really took it seriously that it could happen to me," said the robbery victim, who asked to remain anonymous.

The man says he didn't think anything of it when a man came to his door Tuesday, saying he was from the gas company. He let the fake employee in and showed him to the basement, but suddenly things changed.

"There was this big, black guy holding a gun, telling me to get on the floor," the homeowner said.

He says the would-be robbers kept asking him where the safe was, but he says he doesn't even own a safe. Eventually, the two men left empty-handed. They cut the phone cord on the way out.

Toledo Police say these types of crimes are more frequent in the spring and summer, and say a legitimate a legitimate employee should be able to prove who they are and why they're there.

"They will have badges and ID cards," said TPD Sgt. Joe Heffernan. "Nobody's going to get offended if you ask for their badges and ID cards, or to see the documentation of why they're at the house."

Sgt. Heffernan says if you ever question who is at your door, feel free to call 911 – something the man living near Byrne and Dorr wishes he had done. Now he says he's just hoping police find the criminals before they do this to someone else.

"I'm just glad it's over and I'm still here and able to tell you about it," he said.

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