Police warn residents over suspicious activity

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MILLSTADT, IL (KTVI) – Empty homes this time of year are prime targets for thieves eager to snatch up holiday presents.  That’s why police are urging residents to call 911 if they see some suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

Millstadt police posted just such an alert on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday.  Several incidents, some on Friday and some Monday caught their attention.

Friday persons going door to door in Millstadt raised suspicions.  Police discovered the individuals did not have a city solicitor permit.  They were knocking on doors in the Alpine Trails subdivision, a relatively new neighborhood.  Police later learned one of them had spoken to a child who was home alone and asked suspicious questions about her dog.

Early Monday morning, a resident in the Parkview Manor subdivision reported hearing two people talking on a two-way radio.  She contacted police when she saw a person in a nearby park.  Another person reported discovering a teen on his driveway Monday evening after hearing a noise at his back door.

Columbia police also responded Friday afternoon to a call for solicitors who did not have permits.

The Columbia City Administrator Jimmy Morani the town’s permit requirements and police background check is an effort “to protect the residents and also to insure that everybody is following by the same rules and guidelines.”  A peddler’s license fee in Columbia is $140 a day.

Millstadt requires commercial solicitors to post a $1000 bond and pay a $150 application fee.