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Door-to-door solicitor calls on the rise
by Tribune Staff
Jun 29, 2011 | 1268 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Sarah Proffitt
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RENO — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies have been dispatched to several calls recently regarding door-to-door solicitation within Washoe County. Solicitors have been reported selling numerous items such as magazine subscriptions, household cleaners and residential security systems. Some solicitors have been reported as being extremely aggressive.

Some of these solicitors may have the necessary licensing and sheriff’s office work cards that are required for door-to-door sales in the county, yet many do not. There have been numerous door-to-door scams as well as burglaries possibly connected to solicitors casing neighborhoods. In the past, the vast majority of solicitors that have been contacted are not residents of Washoe County nor live in Nevada.

The WCSO offers these tips when dealing with solicitors:

• If you do not know the person, do not open your door. Don’t feel obligated to greet the unfamiliar person knocking at your door.

• If you are not interested in the item being offered, simply close the door and lock it. You do not owe the person an explanation.

• Stand in front of your home and see what is visible from the street. If you can see your valuable items through the front windows, so can potential burglars.

• Always keep doors and windows locked. Storm doors or security doors are helpful when dealing with solicitors because you can see and speak safely through the door. Never allow an unfamiliar person into your house.

• Call your local law enforcement agency if a solicitor is aggressively attempting to gain access into your home and/or refusing to show proper identification.

• If you see criminal or suspicious activity, call our non-emergency dispatch at 832-WCSO (9276).

At about 3 p.m. Monday, concerned residents in the area of West Hidden Valley Drive and Mira Loma Drive (Hidden Valley area) called the sheriff’s office about some magazine solicitors. Deputies responded to the area and located the subjects. Deputies contacted Sarah Proffitt, 27 and a resident Sandy Ridge, N.C., Aaron Marcus, 24 and a resident of Richmond, Va., and Daniel Carlsen, 25 and a resident of Chicago. Several Hidden Valley residents identified the three subjects as going door to door selling magazines. All three subjects did not have the proper license or work permit required and were subsequently arrested and transported to the Washoe County jail. All three subjects were charged with traveling merchant without a license and work permit required.

Deputies also contacted Michael Bailey, 31 and a resident of Willis, Texas, in the same area. Bailey told deputies that he transported the three subjects to the area in order to sell magazines. Bailey was arrested for an outstanding warrant and being in possession of marijuana.

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