The Marshal’s Office is now warning local residents to be wary of such situations.
Derrick McGill, 36, of Havana, Fla., was arrested by marshals when they found he was one of the salespeople going door to door trying to hawk cleaning supplies, one in-home demonstration at a time, said Sgt. June Killian of the Marshal’s Office.
Killian said Thursday that McGill was charged with violation of a court order in Florida, but she was unaware of what the court order was.
That information, along with why McGill had been in court in Florida to begin with, was not immediately available from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
According to the flier given to homeowners, the salespeople represented Stone Mountain-based Superior Cleaning Products, but were unlicensed to solicit door to door, Killian said. They were knocking on doors in the area of Creek More Street and Westchester Way.
“They want to do the demonstration inside the home,” Killian said. “But they need to have a permit, which would mean that we had run a criminal history on them.”
Had they applied for permits, Killian said someone like McGill would have been disqualified.
Killian said there is no indication that the salespeople had anything illegal in mind by going in residents’ homes, but that permits are required as a safety measure.
McGill is charged with being a fugitive from justice and is being held for the state of Florida.
He is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Another of the salespeople was also cited for soliciting without a license, Killian added.
Considering this incident, the Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to check that door-to-door sales people have permits before letting them inside their homes and to alert authorities if someone without a permits attempts to sell them something at their door.