INCLINE VILLAGE, NV (KOLO) - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is warning residents against illegal solicitors after arresting two men in Incline Village who they say were soliciting without a license.
It happened Saturday, July 13, 2019 in the area of Carano Court and Oneil Way. A resident had called deputies about an overly aggressive salesman who had approached their home.
Deputies arrived to find two men who had reportedly approached other residents in the area. They were identified as 30-year-old Prince Ojionuka and 52-year-old Torris Heckard.
Deputies say Ojionuka and Heckard were both evasive when asked for personal and business information. Neither could show a business license or Washoe County Sheriff’s Office work permit.
Both were arrested for operating as a traveling merchant without a business license and taken to the Washoe County Detention Facility.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office anticipates that residents will see an increase of door-to-door solicitors during the summer months. While many are legitimate, some are not.
Door-to-door solicitors must have a business license and a work permit from the Sheriff’s Office to operate in Washoe County. Anyone with concerns about possible criminal or suspicious activity should contact a local law enforcement agency.
Here are some other guidelines from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office:
- If you don’t know the person, don’t open the door. Never feel obligated to greet an unfamiliar person knocking at your door
- 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
- Solicitors must have a business license and permit. Contact your local law enforcement agency if a solicitor is aggressively attempting to get into your home or refusing to show their license/permit
- Don’t expect all perpetrators of door to door sales scams to look the part. Some are clean and well dressed and use special psychological techniques to try to get into your home or get your money
- Always use extreme caution before providing any personal or financial information
- If you are not interested, close the door and lock it. You don’t owe the person an explanation
- Residents can put a “no solicitors” sign on their door to help keep solicitors away
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