WINNIPEG – Manitoba Hydro says three of their locked service yards and ten company vehicles were broken into over the weekend.
The vehicles had their windows smashed, a photo ID card and a number of uniform items were taken, and a notebook containing some limited customer info was taken as well.
“It was very limited, it had to do with customers who recently had natural gas meters exchanged,” explains public affairs officer Bruce Owen. “But we want to notify them and the rest of our customers that there is someone now, or a group of people, that have a photo ID and uniform items. We don’t want it used for illegal purposes.”
The crown corporation worries the thief or thieves will now try to pose as a Hydro worker and go door-to-door scamming customers.
“If the photo doesn’t match the face, that person is not a Hydro employee,” Owen says. “If someone comes to the door and doesn’t have the proper ID, and is not driving a proper Manitoba Hydro vehicle, do not let them into your home. Call us for police right away.”
Police are investigating and Hydro is also looking into why sensitive materials were left in a vehicle during off hours.