Police Investigate Complaints Over Traveling Salesman in Middlefield

At least a dozen complaints have been made by residents after encounter with door-to-door salesman selling children's books.

Police are investigating at least a dozen complaints from residents in Middlefield about a door-to-door salesman selling children's books.

"He has a permit in Middlefield, but he's worn out his welcome," Middlefield Resident Trooper Eric Kelly said Friday.

According to Kelly, the salesman has been "very pushy" with residents and is wanted for questioning.

He said the salesman will often ask residents if they know where he can find homes with children, in order to sell his product.

The salesman may be traveling in the Durham area as well, but does not have a permit to do so, according to Kelly.

Residents are not in any danger, but anyone who encounters the salesman is asked to call Troop F immediately at 860-399-2100. Town Hall has also received several complaints, but residents are urged to call police.

Police are also asking anyone with a description of the vehicle the salesman is traveling in to contact them.

Laura Francis July 01, 2011 at 05:36 PM
All active permits in Durham can be found on our website at http://www.townofdurhamct.org//content/28562/27572/29345/default.aspx If someone comes to your door without a permit or displays unprofessional or other irresponsible behavior, please report them to the Trooper. Thank you.
Alison Perrin July 02, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I don't understand what the guy has done wrong. He has a pernit and asks people for referrals? Isn't this American commerce?
Cheryl Schatzman July 02, 2011 at 11:14 PM
It's a silver four-doored mitsubishi galant with a missouri plate we gave the license plate number to an officer. The man was very pushy and asked my children to let him into our home so he can look for himself to see if their parents were home and did this on several occasions.
Bobo July 04, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Hassle my children ? shoot first ask questions later !!
Alice Blair July 05, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Whether someone flashes a permit or not, I believe neighbors should never tell a stranger which houses have children in them.
Diane St John July 05, 2011 at 01:42 PM
This has to be the same guy. He was going down my neighbors driveway and started talking to me across our yard. I had a hard time telling him no and then ushered my kids inside as my husband was not home at the time. He was very pushy and was using other neighbors names as proof he was "ok" to be so pushy. My 8yr old daughter thought I was being a bit rude to him by going in and locking the door but I used it as a teaching experience for her. I told her he gave me a bad feeling and when your body gives you that feeling you need to listen to it and stay safe. He could be a perfectly nice man but you never know.


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