Bogus door-to-door contractor questioned by police
November 09, 2012 - 12:40 PM
Kelowna residents are asked to be on the lookout for a fast talking man posing as a door-to-door contractor.
A man aggressively offering his services to residents of an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Brookside Ave. was reported to police around noon Nov. 4. The building does not allow solicitation and police say when officers questioned the man, he became confrontational and refused to share contact information or details regarding his business. He was issued a fine under the City bylaws for not having a business licence.
The 45-year-old Vernon man is known to police and has a history of canvassing door to door to provide services such as dryer vent cleaning. Police say he's also known to misrepresent himself as authorized to conduct work on behalf of the apartment manager or owner. They report the man may become confrontational once inside the home as it becomes apparent he may not be there to do the work.
The man is described as Caucasian, 5'7", 190 pounds with a brown moustache and shaved head. He may have been driving a white 2004 Chevy van.
Police would like to remind residents not to allow unfamiliar contractors into their homes and to confirm with apartment managers or owners before allowing any work to be performed.
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