- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston police are investigating after a home was robbed by thieves posing as water department employees.

Police say the suspects asked to be let inside the home to conduct water quality tests on Friday and stole several items while the homeowner was distracted.

Police are investigating similar incidents in other areas.

Detectives are asking anyone who notices suspicious activity to call the department.

Homeowners are being encouraged to verify an inspector’s credentials, uniforms, vehicles and work orders, and check with the parent company to make sure the service is legitimate.

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