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Online rumors spark investigation

Elizabeth Medora~ 6/11/2014

ANTHEM – Online stories have been circulating regarding a man who was allegedly approaching teens in the Bela Rosa apartment complex in Anthem. Facebook posters have been warning of a man approaching teens and trying to drug them. So far, no criminal activity has been substantiated regarding these claims.
“MCSO is fully investigating,” stated Lieutenant Hoggatt of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
“We take these kinds of claims very seriously. We’re trying to be extremely conscientious.”
Bela Rosa Anthem Apartment Homes has private security patrols. No criminal activity regarding these rumors has been reported, according to Eric Moselle of Weidner Apartment Homes, Bela Rosa’s management company.
“We contract with Blue Steel Security,” noted Moselle. “They patrol the community periodically throughout the full 24-hour day, throughout the week.”
Since the pool area has been the subject of some of these online concerns, Moselle explained the pool security procedures.
“The pool is adjacent to the community center, so the staff in the community center is right there if needed,” said Moselle, encouraging anyone who felt uncomfortable with another pool patron’s behavior to speak to the staff. 
“Also, Blue Steel will check the pool area when they do their walkthrough. “
Moselle noted that the pool continues to be monitored by security after closing time.
“The pool is surrounded by a fence and gate, and the gates have timed locking mechanisms on them. The key card/key fob to get in will not open the gate between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.”
Moselle urged residents to report any unusual activity to security or to the police.
“All of our residents have cards with contact info for Blue Steel Security. We encourage the residents to give them a call if they see something suspicious that they think may not warrant a call to the police. Of course, we encourage residents to call the police if they see something that concerns them.”
Lieutenant Hoggatt offered general safety tips for teens.
“Be very aware of your safety,” he stressed.
“Keep your cell phone with you. Never leave a drink unattended. Kids should never be alone with any adult who is not well known to their family.”

If you notice something that seems suspicious, call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Stop line at (602) 876-1011.