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UPDATE: Officers Identify Man Posing as City Employee in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, WA. - Kennewick police say more than one person has been going around Kennewick and Pasco trying to sell $6,000 water filtration systems.

Officers say they work for AquaKleen and drive vehicles with California license plates. However, they're telling homeowners they work with the City of Kennewick.

Officers say if these salesmen come to your door you should call the police.

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KENNEWICK, WA. - Kennewick police have identified the man who is going from door to door in Kennewick offering to test their water. He told officers he worked for a California based company and was with a group of sales persons operating in Kennewick in Pasco.

Officers told him to stop and that he can only solicit if he has a City of Kennewick Business License. However, the City of Kennewick has decided not to license the company, even if they apply, due to deceptive practices.

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say a man pretending to be a city employee seems to be targeting people who speak Spanish. 

From Tuesday into Wednesday, Police say several Spanish speakers living in East Kennewick reported a man posing a city employee, offering to test the water at people's homes. Officers say the callers all gave the same description as the man wanted for the same scam. 

Police say the man didn't identify himself, but he did have identification showing he worked for a Company
called Aqua Clean.

Officers say when homeowners let the man test their water, he then tried to sell them an expensive water filtration system
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The City of Kennewick requires any company doing business in the City to be licensed, and for door to door solicitors
to be individually licensed. Police say neither Aqua Clean nor the man are licensed by the City of Kennewick.
If you or anyone you know comes in contact with this man, or anyone representing Aqua Clean, Kennewick Police ask that you give officers a call at (509) 628-0333.

Again, the City of Kennewick is not sending people door to door to test water. 

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KENNEWICK, WA. - Kennewick police are warning residents about a man trying to gain access into homes by posing as a City of Kennewick employee.

Officers on Monday responded to a home on the 500 block of West 20th Avenue. A resident told police a man posing as an employee asked to enter her home to test her water. The suspect also told the woman he was sent to Hispanic homes since he can speak Spanish very well. She says he was talking very fast and was fidgeting a lot while she was questioning him. He also was not wearing City of Kennewick clothing and didn't have a city truck, so she decided to call police.

Officers say the suspect is in his 30's with brown or blonde hair, blue eyes, 6'0", and 170 lbs. He was dressed in slacks and a dress shirt.

The City of Kennewick says employees always wear city clothing and use city vehicles while working.

If you have questions concerning the identity of an employee contact Kennewick Police at (509) 628-0333.
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