Suspicious Incident on Woodley Ave.
Feb 18, 2013
A suspicious incident occurred on 2/18 at 5:00 p.m. on the 5100 block of Woodley Ave. A resident was starting to leave her gated driveway when a large, shiny black pickup truck with a Texas license plate pulled up in front of her home. He said 'hi" and told her that he "usually sold" some sort of cleaning concoction, waved and walked across the street to her neighbors, who are in their 80's and 90's. Being concerned about her neighbors, she waited for him to come back and leave. He did so after selling them a plastic container of driveway oil spot cleaner for $89. They let him into their home.

The resident drove around to see where he went. She saw him leave a street heading back toward her home. A short time earlier, she had also noticed that there was a grey SUV about halfway up the street which had been parked with its lights on. She parked her car in front of her house and waited, still worried that he might be back and within a few minutes the pickup drove in behind her and made another pass down Woodley, then disappeared--and so did the grey SUV.

I am sharing this with you to put out a few important facts. First, the resident was very observant and aware of suspicious behavior. She even got the license plate number, information that has been given to the Detective Division. Second, the elderly neighbors most likely gave the solicitor a check, which jeopardizes their checking account. He now has all the information necessary to duplicate the checks. They also let him into their home, where he had the opportunity to see anything valuable, in addition to compromising their safety.

If you have elderly neighbors, friends, or family members, please talk to them about not letting anyone into their homes or buying anything from solicitors. They are an easy target as evidenced by this couple. Be aware of your surroundings. The criminals look for any opportunity. Don't give it to them.


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