Update (1:45 p.m.) – According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, the man may be driving a vehicle with Montana license plates.

Linn and Livingston County residents are on high alert after a suspicious person claiming to be with a satellite television company attempted to gain access to several homes in the area.  The suspect was last spotted Wednesday in the Wheeling area.  Laclede resident Josh Bowerman believes the unidentified man was in his neighborhood three days prior to the Wheeling sightings.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Bowerman:

Josh Bowerman

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5’7″.  Bowerman said the man had a slender build and believed he was in his 20s.

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox said in a press release Thursday morning that the television company did not have anyone working in the Wheeling area at the time of Wednesday’s incidents. Cox believes the man may have been casing the area for future crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Press Release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office

We recently received information from a Wheeling resident that yesterday there was a man walking around Wheeling described as a white male, about 5-07” tall, wearing colored shorts and a T-Shirt with “Dish Network” on it. The man was carrying a folder with “Dish Network” on it also.

Citizen reported the individual was allegedly inquiring about satellite service and certain other questions. The citizen said the man continued walking and was not seen with a vehicle. Allegedly DISH did not have anyone in the Wheeling area doing this type of activity.

We are concerned that someone may have been casing locations for a burglary or seeking an opportunity to commit a criminal act. We are asking anyone with information on this person to please share that with our office so we can further investigate the matter. If you have information to share then please call us at 660-646-0515.