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Police: Door-To-Door Salesmen Return to Darien

DARIEN, Conn. – After two people were arrested in Darien on charges of selling magazine subscriptions without permits, police remind residents that this occurs every year and that door-to-door solicitors are required to have permits.

Sharine Hunter, 21, of Philadelphia, and Chalonda Abrams, 19, of Chicago, were arrested Wednesday, May 2, when police said they were going door-to-door on Maywood Road selling magazines and books for a company identified as Urban Development Solutions, based out of Indiana. According to police reports, both had been warned that they needed a permit to solicit in Darien.

The two were charged with soliciting without a permit and each posted $199 bond. They were issued court dates of May 14.

Police issued a reminder to residents that those who want to go door-to-door selling merchandise must first pick up a solicitor/peddler permit at the Record Division at the Darien Police Department. The application is $10 and involves a background check.

Once issued, the permits must be displayed prominently. Each individual solicitor must have their own permit, and blanket “company permits” are never issued.

Soliciting should take place during daylight hours and only on public roads. Any soliciting on private roads will result in revocation of the permit.

Permits are not required for people going door-to-door asking for charitable donations or for people conducting polling or surveys.

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