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Bowie police: Man goes door-to-door claiming to do coronavirus testing

Police are searching for a man who showed up at two homes claiming to have COVID-19 tests.

BOWIE, Md. — Bowie police said they are searching for a man who tried to get into homes there by claiming to have coronavirus tests.

Two incidents happened Tuesday afternoon, police said.

A man knocked on a door in the 1400 Block of Pennypacker Lane at about 12:08 p.m. claiming to be inspecting for the COVID-19 virus. The man was not allowed inside by the homeowner and left.

Police described the man as in his late 20s or early 30s, black and wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt with an orange vest and a surgical mask.

A second incident was reported about an hour later in the 13100 block of 14th Street, where a man came into a home through an unlocked door, police said.

A resident confronted him, but the man ran off when he heard a dog bark. No vehicle was seen at either incident, police said. 

"Residents should not open their homes to anyone claiming to be checking for the COVID-19 virus, or offering to clean their home," Bowie Police said in a post on social media. If you do encounter someone claiming to be testing for COVID-19, you're asked to call police or 911 immediately."

No further details were immediately available. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Bowie Police Department at 240-544-5700.

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