NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department is alerting the public of an incident that happened Tuesday evening on Prospect Street, where a white male subject attempted to con a resident into letting him into her home.
Police say the incident happened at around 8:30 p.m., at 214 Prospect Street in Newport City. The woman advised police that a white male, described as 5’6” tall, with a medium build and dark wavy hair, came to her residence holding a basket of flowers.
The man said that he was there to conduct an inspection of the residence on behalf of the landlord. The woman owned the residence, and did not rent the home. She immediately shut the door and had no further contact with the man. The man was seen leaving the area in a blue colored van with New York plates.
Officers from the Newport Police Department checked the area and were unable to locate any vehicle matching the description given.
Another report of a similar incident was posted and shared through Front Porch Forum, this time from a resident listed as living on Spring Street. The post reads:
“Beware- a 20 something-ish male possibly in a blue mini van w/ NY plates just knocked on my door, offered me a gift basket full of junk food, said he was checking on something for my landlord (didn’t mention her name) and asked to come in and take a look around. MY RADAR went up real quick- he’s scoping places out- likely looking for stuff to steal. Lock your doors and don’t let him or his friends in! Shortly after he left I watched a blue van stop at a few houses on my street with different men getting out. I also notified Newport PD.”
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident, or had a similar incident happen to them, to call 802-334-6733.
They are also reminding everyone to keep all access points to their residences locked when not at home. Residents are being reminded to keep watch and stay vigilant.