Somerset Borough police blotter: Feb. 13

February 14, 2019

Police investigate ordinance complaint

Somerset Borough police were called to investigate a “suspicious person” soliciting for an energy provider on Feb. 5.

Police said an individual asked to look at a resident’s old utility bills, and when the resident asked to see the individual’s permit, the person “flashed some sort of identification so quickly the resident couldn’t even tell what it was.” Officers later stopped and identified one of the subjects and determined that neither he nor his partners had permits to solicit in the borough. Police ordered the activity to stop until a permit was obtained. The individuals were representing LifeEnergy, according to police.

Police remind residents that sharing a utility bill poses a risk of identity theft. Residents can obtain a free adhesive sign that they can post on their property warning against solicitors and peddlers. That activity is illegal at properties that display the notice even if the person has a permit, police said. The signs are available at the police station.

Package stolen

Sonya Richards, of the 600 block of South Edgewood Avenue in Somerset, told borough police that a package was stolen from her porch between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Richards said she received an email from MightyFix at 11:02 a.m. indicating that her package had been delivered. When she arrived home, however, the package was not on her porch. She found part of the opened package under her front porch. It appeared as though someone had opened the package, took the cleaning supplies and left the packaging behind.