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Fake utility workers rob Phoenix couple at home

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PHOENIX – A man who posed as a utility company worker to gain access to an elderly couple’s Phoenix house to rob them at gunpoint has been arrested.

Police said William Tarby Jr., 48, was taken into custody Monday and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

ABC15 reported that Tarby, carrying a clipboard, and two others impersonated Salt River Project employees and told the couple they need to look over their home’s electrical system.

The fake workers then drew weapons on the homeowners and stole over $8,500 in cash and about $3,000 of silver ingots before fleeing in a truck.

According to court records, Tarby was identified by a fingerprint left behind at the crime scene.

SRP noted on its website that employees always wear company uniforms and have a photo I.D. badge.

They will identify themselves and be driving a company vehicle that has the SRP name and logo on the side.

Customers who are suspicious of anyone claiming to be from SRP should call the residential contact center at 602-236-8888, or the business contact center at 602-236-8833.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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