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Solicitors raise suspicions in West Davis

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From page A4 | March 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

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.

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  • Davis DadMarch 27, 2012 - 10:00 am

    Lauren Keene/Davis Enterprise: Last night a high school-age male came knocking door-to-door in my west Davis neighborghood, saying he was selling subscriptions to the Enterprise where he would receive part of the subscription payment to help pay for college. Is that real or a scam? If real, wouldn't he have a list or matrix of which homes receive the Enterprise so he does not waste his time? Thanks.

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  • Circulation ManagerMarch 27, 2012 - 10:49 am

    This is not a scam. The Davis Enterprise works with independent contractors who are in college, or high school, and are earning money for college. They get paid for every order they receive. Our contractors will always provide a yellow carbon copy receipt of the sale. BEWARE there have been scams in the past claiming to be affiliated with the Davis Enterprise. Usually around the holidays. To determine if you are being scammed, always ask for a receipt. Also our contractors will never ask a person to write a check out in their name, only to The Davis Enterprise. And if you are still unsure, ask for the persons name and call the Enterprise and verify that it is not a scam. As independent contractors they can request route list for active customers, but it is not required. Feel free to contact the circulation department with any questions or comments at 530-756-0826. Thanks.

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