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Green Bay police arrest magazine solicitors going door-to-door


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Several people were arrested Thursday after Green Bay police got several complaints of magazine solicitors going door-to-door.

The complaints came from the Red Smith neighborhood, and when officers arrived they arrested two people after learning they didn't have a permit to sell door-to-door.

Then three more solicitors were taken into custody near Christa McAuliffe Park after they also failed to have a permit.

One of the solicitors was also charged with obstructing an officer. Police also found out the van they were driving was reported stolen out of Indiana.

The people claimed to work for Freedom Sales or Ultimate Solutions. Both companies have received an "F" rating by the Better Business Bureau for multiple complaints by customers.

Authorities say if you gave money to any of these magazine solicitors, and you want to cancel your transaction, you need to contact your bank and cancel the check.

If anyone comes to your door to solicit anything, ask to see their Green Bay Solicitor's Permit. It will show that it was issued by the City of Green Bay and will have an expiration date on it. They must be carried by the seller at all times.

Should they fail to display their permit, you're asked to call the Green Bay Police Department to report the incident.

Officials also stress that just because the solicitor may have the proper permit with the City of Green Bay does not mean that the City of Green Bay deems the business or product they are selling to be legitimate.