Crime, Fire + Courts

Solicitors raise suspicions in West Davis

By From page A4 | March 27, 2012

Concern over a recent uptick in residential burglaries had residents of West Davis calling police last week to report suspicious-looking solicitors in their neighborhoods.

In most cases, the solicitors — contracted by AT&T to promote the phone company’s services — were legitimate, although a couple were cited for soliciting without a permit, Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said Monday.

However, one alleged salesman’s behavior raised some red flags.

Doroshov said that person knocked on a door in the 2900 block of Portage Bay Avenue West shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday and claimed to be an employee of PG&E.

“He said wanted to save (the resident) some money and asked to go inside the house,” apparently to conduct an energy audit, Doroshov said. The resident refused and contacted PG&E, which informed her that they had no employees in that area and, even if they did, “there wouldn’t be any reason for them to go inside the house.”

The man was described as a white male in his 30s with blue eyes and a Russian accent, standing about 6 feet tall and wearing light-colored pants with a button-down shirt. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the man.

Anyone with information about him is asked to contact the Davis Police Department at (530) 747-5400.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating Davis’ rash of burglaries, which as of last week numbered nearly 50 since Jan. 1. The reports are still coming in, said Doroshov, who reminded residents to keep their homes locked up.

Last week, police also cautioned residents about home burglars who first knock at the door or ring the doorbell to check whether anyone is at home before trying to break in. Doroshov recommends alerting the person that someone is at home, even if you don’t answer the door.

Lauren Keene

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