The Damariscotta Police Department says a woman and man going door to door claiming to be searching for their lost dog may be casing homes for future burglaries.
Sgt. Jason Warlick said a woman was reportedly going door to door on Center Street in Damariscotta claiming to be looking for her chocolate Labrador the afternoon of Monday, May 16.
The woman claimed the dog had jumped out the window of her vehicle, Warlick said. The woman was accompanied by a man driving a gray or silver extended-cab pickup truck.
After explaining the situation, the woman would ask to use the homeowner’s restroom, claiming she was pregnant, Warlick said.
“This behavior is indicative of someone casing homes for future burglaries,” Warlick said.
Warlick said the suspect may be looking for items to steal, such as prescription drugs and jewelry, while inside the home.
The woman and man stopped at four homes on Center Street with the same story each time, Warlick said.
A similar situation was reported in Newcastle on Sunday, May 15.
“This woman did not lose her dog out the window twice,” Warlick said.
The Damariscotta Police Department urges residents not to let anyone into their homes they do not know personally. Residents are also encouraged to lock the doors to their homes and vehicles.
“We just want everyone to be safe and stay vigilant,” Warlick said.
Anyone who has received a visit from the two individuals or witnessed similar suspicious behavior is encouraged to call the Damariscotta Police Department at 563-1909.