Sheriff warns about scam artists

Published 11:49 am Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal warns parish residents to be on the alert for scam artists.

Earlier this week, a Bogalusa lady answered her door to find two white males driving a white pickup truck who identified themselves as employees of Entergy. The men were wearing medical masks. On the premise that Entergy would be installing new utility poles in the area, the men stated it was necessary to enter her house and check her breaker box.

While one of the men kept the lady occupied, the other went into the house. It was only after the men left that the lady discovered jewelry and other items were missing.

The Bogalusa Police Department is investigating the crime. Any person having information about this crime is asked to call the Bogalusa Police Department at 985-732-3611.

“Scoundrels — these men are scoundrels of the lowest degree and they need to be caught,” Seal said. “Please remember that any representative of a utility company will have a marked vehicle and proper identification. And, they will not ask to enter your residence. Do not allow any person into your residence unless you know them.

“If anyone comes to your residence and you are concerned, call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434 and request a deputy come to your address. If you reside in Bogalusa, you may call the Bogalusa Police Department at the number listed above.

“If possible, write down the tag number of the vehicle they are driving. Do not let scoundrels steal your possessions or your joy. Call us. We will handle them.”