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Hillyard family says man posed as building inspector to case neighborhood

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Kat Pashley was outside in her backyard when she noticed someone in the alleyway "He was walking down the alley and saw me, so he hid behind the shed next door."

Next door to Kat's house in Hillyard, is an abandoned home with boarded up windows, warning signs and posts from the city saying it's not safe to live in the house. The house needs a lot of work from the roof to the foundation. Kat says it's been like this for several years. 

As soon as she went back inside the man reappeared at Kat's front door and their interaction was caught on her surveillance system. "I asked him what his name was he said it was Ron. I asked him for a card, and he felt around nervously and was like oh I don't have one on me. I also asked him who he worked for and said he was a building inspector," said

KHQ spoke with Brandon Rider a local and licensed home inspector to see if inspectors ever show up unannounced "We are always going to be scheduled with the listing agent and the buyer's agent and they'll know that we are coming, so it's not going to be unannounced. A home inspector never just shows up," said Rider.

Rider also tells KHQ that the State of Washington heavily regulates inspectors requiring them to have their license number on their truck and on their business card. They also can't just walk into any home vacant or not. Kat hopes that others in her neighborhood will keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

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