MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police are reminding Manhattan residents to ask for the proper documentation from magazine salesmen after two men were arresting for not having the required permits. Several groups of salesmen are reportedly making their way through the Little Apple.
On Friday, March 16th at 1 PM, the Riley County Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen in the 600 block of Bertrand Street about a man selling magazines door-to-door.
Officers got his description and found him nearby going from house to house. The salesman, 24-year-old Jason Adams from Titusville, FL, was arrested for soliciting without a permit. Adams told police he works for a company called “Back A Winner” out of Denver, Colorado and that there were 12 other people in the area selling magazines for the company. Riley County police officials say they have no information on the company or on Adams’ boss.
Then on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 AM, police got a call from a person living in the area of the 200 block of North Juliette Avenue about a magazine salesman soliciting door-to-door. The caller said they found the man suspicious. Officers spotted a man matching the caller’s description and arrested 26-year-old Adam Zuleger from Valparaiso, Indiana for Peddling Without a License. Zuleger said that he works for a company called CRS Inc. in Pilot Point, Texas and that he was part of a team of 10 salesman going door to door as part of a contest.
Riley County Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Josh Kyle says there’s no way to tell if the magazines the men were selling were a scam. He says these groups are transient and stay in hotels as they hop from town to town. They get dropped off in several different places in cities and have someone that provides transportation for them, usually their boss. Kyle says residents should always ask to see a city permit from a salesman and if anything seems suspicious, to call police.