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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police are warning the public about men posing as utility workers to steal items.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says back on April 16th, someone came to a couple's home on Johnson Avenue and pretended to be SCE&G workers. The men told the victims that they needed to come inside the home and check the wall sockets.

Police say while one of the suspects kept the victims busy, the other suspect took a purse and wedding rings from the home. The couple wasn't physically harmed in the incident.

The men did not have on SCE&G clothing, and did not show the proper identification. SCE&G says field employees always wear a blue SCE&G uniform, a white company ID badge with a photo, and a marked truck.

Investigators say the men possibly left in a white, short bed Dodge pickup truck.

Columbia police say if someone comes to your home and doesn't show proper ID, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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