"At first she said she wasn't but as she heard several times she started getting a little bit more afraid."
A Bridgeton woman is afraid now after learning a man who came to her Walnut Street home was not a city inspector as he claimed. We're concealing her identity to protect her. A neighborhood resident translates what she says happened.
"He asked to go in the basement and she did let him," he said.
The woman says the suspect didn't have identification but she thought maybe he was with the company she rents from so she let him. But once inside, she grew suspicious.
"He had just a big flashlight and was looking around the basement. She's saying that he was probably looking for something," said the neighbor.
Still feeling uneasy, a few days later the victim went to Bridgeton City Hall to report what happened. That's when she found out that Bridgeton Police and city officials had received several reports of the man knocking on doors in her neighborhood. At least one incident turned violent.
"We were advised that the individual pushed by the homeowner and went into the home and walked around inside the home. This is extreme concern because of danger to the individual and the police should be notified right away," said Dale Goodreau. He's the city Business Administrator. He says their inspectors will a uniform, badge and identification tag. He says city cars are white with black writing displaying the city and department.
"Our concern is if someone does get into a home they may be setting the home up for a future burglary," said Goodreau.
The victim now worries the man is dangerous and could come back.
"She's saying she doesn't feel safe and that she and her neighbors don't feel happy just for the fact that he was there."
Police only have a vague description of the suspect but say he was driving a white car one time and a black S-U-V during another incident.