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Local Cox contractor warns of possible impostors after theft

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A local Cox cable technician worries someone may be posing as him after his company badge, hat, and tablet were stolen from his truck.

Now, he's warning Cox customers to be very careful before allowing someone into their home.

"Some people don't believe in hard work and making a living and rather prey on others," Phillip Rhynes said.

Rhynes is a Cox contractor and - is frustrated after someone went into his pickup Tuesday to steal.

"All of my Cox equipment, my hat, my badge, and door tags were taken," he said.

They were items he used for work and afraid the thief could use them to pose as a Cox technician.

"I care about the community and don't want someone posing as a Cox employee or contractor and gaining access or bringing any harm to someone else," Rhynes said.

He also said homeowners should be on the lookout.

"Just always make sure that you verify that it is who they say they are, and don't hesitate to ask for someone's badge and ID and verify who that is you're talking to," Rhynes said.

It's advice a Cox cable customer is already taking:

"Double-check and make sure the badge matches the picture. Just be safe cause there's a lot of weird stuff going on," Will Green told 13 Action News.

Rhynes was able to track the thief for a while, as the burglar also took a tablet. So, Rhynes decided to remotely wipe it to help protect customer information after he notified police.