PO Scam? Have You Seen This Man?

I usually don’t just cut and paste stories onto the blog. It seems redundant. But this is a case of just needing to spread the word on a possible scam artist that visited downtown merchants last week.

Port Orchard
PO Police Seek Info on Possible Scam Artist
The Port Orchard Police Department is seeking more information on a man whose suspicious behavior led city merchants to believe he was a scam artist.
According to Commander Geoffrey Marti, the man visited several business April 18, claiming to be selling magazines to benefit a youth organization. When merchants questioned him, the man became “obnoxious,” Marti said.
The police didn’t learn of the man’s behavior until after the fact, so they were unable to question him, Marti said.
A man using the same name as that given by the magazine salesman was recently reported to be visiting businesses on Bainbridge Island, claiming to be a travel writer and asking for free materials. Port Orchard merchants were alerted to the alleged Bainbridge scam artist via an e-mail from the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Marti said there is no hard evidence that the two reports refer to the same person, but he said it is likely. The man who was in Port Orchard is described as a white male with long blond hair.
Port Orchard police officers are urging merchants to exercise caution and report any suspicious behavior immediately by calling 911.
“It is helpful if we can properly identify them even if they are only ‘suspicious’ and haven’t committed a crime,” Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend wrote in an e-mail to merchants. “It may turn out later that a crime was committed elsewhere against another business owner in Port Orchard or another community.”

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