Police are warning residents to not allow strangers inside their homes, after a number of robberies were reported – while residents thought they were helping someone in need.

According to police, they’ve heard reports of a suspicious male going door-to-door, saying they need money for a tow truck or a locksmith – and at times the suspect has reportedly asked to use a computer to contact their in-vehicle security company.

In some cases, homeowners have let the suspect in – and while the resident gets some money, the suspect has reportedly taken small electronic items such as cell phones, laptops and tablets.

Police are asking for help in locating a suspect, Shaun Allan Cartwright, 31, who is wanted on warrants for fraud and breach of recognizance.

Cartwright is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • 175 cm (5’9”) tall
  • 70 kg (155 lbs)
  • Dirty blond, or brown hair

Investigators said the suspect has been active in the Meadowlark area, but police believe he could be working throughout the west side of the city.

Anyone who notices suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or dial #377 from a mobile phone.

If the suspect shows up at your house, police said he should not be allowed in or given money – and residents should call 911.