In the early afternoon on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, a deputy from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Wine Road for the report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, the homeowner reported that a white female, described as college age, with long brown hair knocked at the door, allegedly selling books. The homeowner was eventually able to discontinue the conversation and return to the residence, at which time she observed a white male standing outside the rear door. Both suspects then fled the area.
While it does not appear that any crime was committed in this particular case, the use of one person to distract the homeowner while the other checks the exterior of the residence can be the precursor to criminal activity, authorities said. Please remember that while many companies use door to door solicitation as a sales tactic, not all are legitimate.
The number of solicitors in the county tend to increase during the summer months. If you choose to allow the solicitor to present their sales pitch, consider requesting identification for both the salesman and the company they represent before they begin, police continued. Further, be cautious if the solicitor requests to enter the home for any reason. If you become uncomfortable with the solicitor at any time, discontinue the conversation and request that they leave. If any combination of these actions make you suspicious of the solicitors intentions, please contact your appropriate law enforcement agency for assistance.