Suspicious activity reported by Newcastle residents

December 13, 2011

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NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011

Suspicious activity was reported in the area of SE 75th and SE 76th streets and 120 and 121 avenues SE on Dec. 12, according to a Newcastle Police Department news release.

Residents reported two males approached Newcastle homes saying they were CenturyLink employees or contractors making contact about pipe work being done in the area.

Officers were unable to locate the males.

The city attempted to confirm with CenturyLink if they had employees working in the area, but were unable to do so at this time.

There are no door-to-door sales permits issued by the city at this time.

Residents reported their behavior has inconsistent with typical legitimate door-to-door salespeople.

They told the residents they needed to enter the homes but couldn’t say why, stood away from the house rather than at a conversational distance and did not carry any brochures, according to the release.

The first of suspicious persons is described as a black male that is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build and short hair. The second person is described as a black make that is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a slight build and was clean-shaven.

If contacted by these subjects or anyone of concern, residents should ask to see a city of Newcastle Door-to-Door Sales Identification. The employees should wear the identification so it is easily seen.

Meg Andrews, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink, said CenturyLink works with another company to hire door to door sales people but, at any time, a resident can ask for the sales person to present specific items to ensure that they are an authorized representative.

Andrews said the sales person should be wearing CenturyLink branded clothing, have CenturyLink branded materials for the products or services they are selling, have a CenturyLink branded employee badge and have a copy of all necessary business licenses for the area they are soliciting in.

If they do not have a door-to-door sales permit, refer the employees to Newcastle City Hall. City Hall’s number is 649-4444.

If a resident believes people contacting them at their home are not legitimate salespeople, call the non-emergency dispatch line at 206-296-3311 to have an officer check on them.

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