9 jailed after illegal door-to-door sales of magazines in north Warren county

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nine people were arrested on misdemeanor charges and jailed overnight after attempting to sell magazines without permits at homes in North Warren County Tuesday.

“We are not going to tolerate these people coming in here harassing the residents of Warren County and claiming to be salesmen,” Sheriff Martin Pace said this morning.

After complaints from residents along Oak Ridge and Freetown roads and in Openwood Plantation and Lake Forest subdivisions, Deputy Jeff Harrell found the nine people and a van in which they were traveling. The van was impounded, Pace said.

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Each of the nine was charged with failure to have a transient vendor license.

Background checks showed every one of the nine had criminal records, mostly with convictions for burglary, property theft and drugs, Pace said. He said the nine had such home addresses as Detroit, St. Louis, East St. Louis, Ill., Chicago, Birmingham, Ala., and Stone Mountain, Ga.

By late this morning, each had bonded out on $500 bail, and all are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Pace said anyone who attempts door-to-door sales in Warren County is required to show a local permit on request.