Springfield PD reminder: Be cautious about opening door for strangers

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Springfield police are reminding residents to be cautious about opening the door for strangers after an incident in the Atwater Park neighborhood Saturday. 

According to Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh, a resident of the neighborhood reported that a man came to their door with a package, claiming it had been mistakenly sent to them. He then allegedly attempted to get inside the home, but was fought off by the resident.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s. He was wearing a white dress shirt and black slacks at the time of the incident, and may have dreadlocks or long hair tucked into a hat. 

Anyone who may have home video footage from the Atwater Park neighborhood from around 4:30 p.m. Saturday is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 413-787-6355. Anyone with information can also “Text-A-Tip” or message police on Facebook.

“Also, it’s a just a reminder, no matter where you live, to be cautious about opening the door for strangers. If someone comes to your door who you were not expecting and you aren’t certain who they are or what they are there for, you should contact the police immediately,” Walsh said.

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