MONTROSE — A rise in the number of calls about door-to-door solicitations in north Glendale has prompted police to advise residents to watch for fraudulent sales pitches.
Glendale police on Friday night e-mailed a crime bulletin to residents about the increase in door-to-door sales calls, which they said are legal in the city with the proper permits.
But officers have seen a marked increased in calls from residents concerned about suspicious solicitation efforts, Lt. Ian Grimes said.
“They are basically trying to appeal to people’s charitable nature and willingness to give,” he said.
Along with the increase in door-to-door solicitations, several vehicles have been burglarized, Grimes said.
There might be a connection between the thefts and door-to-door solicitations given that many solicitors are on foot, he added, although that link had not been established. Police arrested 21-year-old Texas resident Robert Barnes on Feb. 10 for allegedly misrepresenting himself as selling magazines for Iowa-based United Communications, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.