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‘Salesmen’ sought in burglaries

July 09, 2009

Several incidents involving unidentified “salesmen” and home burglaries have Newport Beach police asking residents to watch for suspicious people in their neighborhoods.

Police said a recent spate of door-to-door calls in Huntington Beach from an “ADT Alarm” salesman who had no identification or company van has put them on guard for similar incidents in Newport Beach.

Police said a Newport Beach resident recently had her home scouted by a man claiming to be a termite inspector. The man told the homeowner in the Bluffs neighborhood that he was from a termite removal company. Police said the man walked through the home, provided an invoice to the homeowner and left. He had no ID, and the invoice had no contact information or company name, police said.

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Monday, two homes in the Bluffs and Eastbluff neighborhoods were burglarized.

Police received a call Tuesday of two suspicious males on Alta Vista Drive peering into a home’s patio area before entering through the patio gate. Officers described the men as wearing dark blue shirts and pants, having dark, close-cropped hair and in their 20s. They drove a silver hatchback car similar to a late model Ford Focus.

— Joseph Serna


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