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Bogus Tree Trimmer Alert / Property Crimes on Wed. 3/30 in the Foothills

Bogus Tree Trimmer Alert!  My colleague in the North East Area Command has issued a warning about a man going door to door soliciting services for Baca’s Tree Trimming Services.  She has verified with Baca’s that this person does not work for their business,nor are they in the practice of sending staff to solicit their services doing door to door solicitation.  Although this was reported in the North East Area Command (I-25 to Eubank/I-40 to Paseo), these things tend to spread or spill over to neighboring residential areas, which is why I want to pass this along to our Foothills Area Command community.  If this person is at your door asking for money to secure landscaping/tree trimming services, please respond through your always-locked front door to honor your No Soliciting sign (free at APD substations) and that you do not want to be disturbed and will be calling APD to check the area.  Here is the description that was provided:

Hispanic male, 25-30 years old, 5 ‘ 1″ tall, dark complected, heavy build.  Wears a badge that says “Mario Pena” and will want to show you photos of his work.  Asking for a $300 deposit for his tree trimming services.

Remember,no chasing or following or confronting:  just be eyes and ears on the block and report any suspicious or criminal behavior from a safe place to 242-COPS (2677) or 911 as appropriate.  A good description, mode of travel and direction of travel is what the APD operator will need and APD wants you to observe, report and to always be safe when doing so.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command

Property Crime in the Foothills on Wednesday, March 30th:

2 Stolen Vehicles:  300-block of Western Skies SE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 4600-block of Glenwood Hills NE, 5100-block of Purcell NE, 10200-block of Oso Redondo NE.

1 Auto Burglary: 1800-block of Father Sky NE.

Tips:  Vacant homes in the Foothills continue to be targets — we need neighbors to report any suspicious persons/vehicles at a vacant home to 242-COPS (2677).  When owners are not present and a realtor discovers a burglary occurred, it’s very difficult to piece together information and you are our very best potential witnesses!

Auto Burglaries: So far in March I show 9 purses have been stolen from vehicles, both locked and unlocked.  We cannot afford to ‘hide’ purses in vehicles, park and walk away for hours or overnight.  Don’t take the risk.  Consider the contents of your purse and all of that in a criminal’s hands:  identification, work access/keys/badges, cash, checks, credit and debit cards, personal information to use to commit further crimes, house keys, prescription meds or eyeglasses, photos of family in the wallet, etc.  Don’t risk it — just take the extra step to bring the purse inside with you and you’ll gain some peace of mind.