Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

SEX CRIMES DETECTIVES WARN COMMUNITY OF FAKE NEWSPAPERMEN

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 08, 2008) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes Detectives are cautioning the community about a recent incident involving a man posing as a newspaper subscription salesperson.  On June 28, 2008, two men were allowed into the home of a female adult on the 1900 block of Berkeley Way under the pretense of selling newspaper subscriptions for a local periodical.  After a brief discussion one of the two men left the apartment.  The remaining individual exposed the victim to his genitals before leaving. Detectives are sharing the details of this crime to keep the public informed and to better protect themselves.

The suspect is described as:
White Male, 20s, 5-08 to 5-10, heavy build, with dark hair,
In the company of another white Male, 20s, 5-10, 170lbs with short black hair
  
Community members are reminded to employ crime prevention measures whenever possible.  By taking a few precautions, you reduce your risk as well as discourage those who commit crimes.

  • If you are home alone, be wary of opening the door to solicitors or strangers
     
    Be alert to your surroundings and people around you

    Whenever feasible, walk, job or travel with a friend

    Walk confidently and at a steady pace

    Don’t talk on cell phones or listen to I Pods when alone, as they limit awareness

    Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable to crime such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells

    Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible

    Become familiar with your neighbors

    Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735.  For crimes in progress, call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.  To report suspicious persons or activity, call the BPD non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.

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