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Sirens & Gavels

Door-to-door sales prompt police reports

Door-to-door sales representatives from an Idaho company are prompting a flurry of calls to Crime Check from concerned Spokane Valley residents.

Salesmen with Rocky Mountain Insulation in Pocatello are selling insulation they say "may" qualify homeowners for an Avista Utilities or federal tax rebate, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

The men ask homeowners if they can come inside to check the home's insulation and sometimes imply they are with Avista, police said. Avista officials say the men are not associated with the company.

A phone number listed for Rocky Mountain Insulation has been disconnected. Police urge residents to use caution when dealing with strangers at the door.

"Asking for company identification is a good start," Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release. "Prior to allowing any sales person inside your home, conceal purses, wallets, checkbooks and other easy-to-steal items of value. Escort the person through your home and watch for suspicious activity."

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of a crime is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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