Pima Sheriff warns of scam involving thieves posing as a salesman

2014-02-03T14:13:00Z 2014-02-03T17:45:12Z Pima Sheriff warns of scam involving thieves posing as a salesmanVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is warning residents about a scam involving thieves who pose as a magazine salesman. 

At least two incidents have been reported to the department where people pretending to sell magazines have asked to enter a person's home claiming they are cold or need to use a restroom, Deputy Courtney Rodriguez said in a news release. 

In one instance, the person asked for a glass of water and when they left the homeowners noticed their wallets and a checkbook were missing, the release said. 

The incidents happened on the northwest-side of town; one near West Cortaro Farms Road and North Sandy Desert Trail and the other near East Orange Grove Road and East Skyline Drive, said Rodriguez.

The first incident happened Jan. 31 and the second Feb. 2. Both occurred between 5:30 and 6 p.m., Rodriguez said. 

"There is no particular person of interest or description of the suspect at this time," the release said. "However, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public that it is never a good idea to invite strangers into their home."

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