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Imposters pose as TV cable workers

Bradenton Police are investigating two separate incidents involving men who identified themselves as Brighthouse Network employees and announced that were conducting “quality service” or a “service call.”

The first reported incident occurred at the Perico Apartments, 11000 Manatee Avenue West on 9 p.m. Jan. 13. A female resident, speaking through the door and looking through the peephole, requested to see identification. The male quickly turned and walked away. She confirmed with Brighthouse Network that they had sent no technician to her apartment.

A similar incident was reported at a residence in the 6900 block of Heritage Lane 8 p.m. Jan. 19. The imposter quickly fled when the female resident told him that she did not have Brighthouse Network service at the residence.

Bradenton Police urged citizens to use simple precautions to safeguard their lives and property, including conducting conversations with unknown visitors through a closed door or window.

Residents should also demand to see official identification which includes a photo of the person. Contact the company or business represented by the person for verification of the visit.

Residents should call their local law enforcement agency for assistance immediately if they have a suspicious visitor. Anyone having information with regard to these incidents are asked to call Detective Nasario Camacho at (941) 932-9312, The Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous eTip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com

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