Man claiming to be an Animal Control officer attempts to enter home

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 7:35 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man claiming to be an Animal Control officer recently attempted to coax his way into a Columbia home, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Columbia police officers took a suspicious person report at about 3:30 p.m. July 15 in the 100 block of West Green Meadows Road.

The complainant told police that a man who said he was an Animal Control officer investigating an animal bite knocked on the door. The man, who did not present any identification, then asked to step inside for a drink of water. The resident did not allow him inside.

After being denied entrance, the man left in a gold, four-door car. The car may have been a late 1990s Buick or Oldsmobile, according to the release. The vehicle did not display any official markings.

The resident called Animal Control after the man left and was told that no officers had been sent to the residence.

The man was described as 30 to 35 years old, about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds and wearing a business suit.

The Columbia Police Department advised in the release that Columbia residents not open the door for strangers and make sure to ask for identification from anyone claiming to be on official business.

Suspicious activity can be reported to Public Safety Joint Communications at 442-6131 or 911 in an emergency.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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