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Police: Don't Open Your Door to the 'Mattress Man'

Township police are warning residents to beware of a strange man who wants to "fix your mattress'. He's been scaring people in the Port Reading area.


Woodbridge police are warning Woodbridge residents to be on the alert for a man who might try to gain entry to their home on the bizarre pretext of 'fixing' your mattress.

On Friday, February 1, a man, police said, was prowling around Port Reading around 3:30 pm. He was armed with a stick, a tape measure, and a white cell phone. The prowler knocks on the door of one Port Reading resident and demanded entrance to the home under the guise of repairing a mattress.

The call was answered by a young female, who didn't open the door to the man, who kept insisting he had a duty to fix her mattress. A male was present in the home at the time, and the suspect gave up on his mattress repair endeavors upon hearing his voice and fled, said Woodbirdge Police Captain Roy Hoppock.

No one at the Port Reading home had any problems with any of the house's mattresses.

"It certainly is bizarre," Hoppock said.

The man was described as possibly Hispanic, between 30 and 40 years old, with dark hair. He was seen getting into a green car, described as either a Honda Civic or a Nissan Altima.

Hoppock warned township residents to be careful about whom they open their door to. Anyone who has an encounter with the 'mattress man' should call police at 732-634-7700.

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MrDoughnut April 10, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I usually don't open the door. After being robbed while not home I feel more than just ripped off. In the future it might be the thief or scammer that is going to need help. Perhaps before breaking and enetring they might want to take some boxing lessons so when their arrested they won't look so beat up for the mug shot.
MrDoughnut April 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
People have enough problems in this world they don't need jerks plying their illicit trades or scams on the residents whether it be money laundering, credit fraud, robbery, or smuggling etc. Just stay out or be tossed out like the garbage you are.
MrDoughnut April 27, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Just wondering if the Mattress man has healthcare insurance?
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