Sheriff’s office warns of criminals posing as NIPSCO employees

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is alerting local residents of a ruse by individuals purporting to be NIPSCO employees.

The sheriff’s office reports that last Friday an elderly resident of Longwood Drive in La Porte had a white male subject show up at his residence. The subject told the homeowner he was a NIPSCO employee and needed to trim some trees away from wires located on the property. The homeowner and subject walked through the residence to the backyard to view the trees. As this was occurring, a black male subject entered the residence and burglarized it.

The homeowner described the first subject as being between 5’7” to 5’8” tall, wearing an orange or yellow shirt and a hat. The second subject was described as being of medium height and having a slender build. A black passenger vehicle, either a Chevrolet or Nissan, with tinted windows and chrome rims is associated with these subjects, police said.

Anyone having information regarding the above incident is asked to email Deputy Austin Wells (

“Homeowners are encouraged to never allow subjects inside their residence unless they have made prior arrangements for a meeting with a company representative or contractor. Additionally, homeowners are asked to report all suspicious unidentifiable subjects and activity to the Sheriff’s Office by calling 911,” said Capt. Derek J. Allen.

One Response to “Sheriff’s office warns of criminals posing as NIPSCO employees”

  1. Julie

    Jul 22. 2020

    The exact same thing happened to my Mom about 3 years ago. They were able to steal pair of diamond earrings. When she felt uneasy she started to head back into the house and saw 2 men coming out the front door. Then they tried the same thing to another woman down the street only she was much younger and didn’t fall for it. Both my Mom and her neighbor are widows so I believe it’s their target.

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