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Four men stopped for illegally selling vacuums

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WALKER - Four people were arrested here for selling vacuums door-to-door.

They were peddling Kirby models, which is against the law in this Livingston Parish town. An ordinances prohibits door-to-door solicitation.

"I told the man I didn't need one and I couldn't afford it," Scott Brooks said.

Two of the men were in his home when cops came to break up the deal. Brooks was unaware it was against the law.

"I didn't think nothing of it. But I'm glad I know now because I won't let it happen again. It's a scary thought," he said.

Cops charged Belton Nettles,33, Onrae Cowan, 18, Margella Dennis, 27 and Justin Freeman, 26, all from the New Orleans area with prohibited door-to-door solicitation.

Police say for at least four months they have tried to catch them. Twice Wednesday, they responded to complaints.

The first complaint came when a would-be customer became suspicious and called police when one of the men attempting to sell a vacuum knew little about how it worked.

Police told the group to get out of town, but instead of leaving, the solicitors went a subdivision over.

"When I wouldn't let him in my house, he was in a hurry to leave and that put up a red flag," the woman who called in the second complaint said.

She wanted to remain anonymous.

"If they'd been warned before, I would have thought they would have obeyed the law. So that's even a bigger alarm going off to me," she said.

"They've been warned that many times, they were up to no good," Brooks said.

After police got wind the salesmen were at it again, they escorted the group out of town.

The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of no more than $500 and no more than 60 days in jail.


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