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Police arrest Sandy man selling door-to-door without a license

November 11th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Mandy Morgan

LOGAN — A man with a number of warrants out on him from the Salt Lake Justice Court was picked up and booked into Cache County Jail Nov. 7, after calls from residents of a Logan neighborhood.

A number of calls came in from people living near 600 North and 400 East to report a suspicious man going door-to-door trying to pre-sell Christmas trees. William Hams Cofer, 45, of Sandy, was telling residents that he worked for a company that would deliver Christmas trees to their house once they were ready to be used.

“In Logan you are required by law to have a solicitor’s license to sell door-to-door,” said Logan Police Lt. Brad Franke. “There’s a badge that you wear as a license, and this man did not have any kind of solicitor’s license at all.” Cofer’s lack of any license was the main concern that residents expressed as they called in to the police department.

When the officers arrived, Cofer gave them his information and compliantly went with them to the county jail. As of the day after the arrest Cofer had not yet made the decision to either post bail or be expedited to Salt Lake City, according to Franke.

“I’ve never heard of people doing this,” Franke said of soliciting door-to-door with no license. Oftentimes criminals have used this kind system to see if houses are occupied or vacant, so we want to be aware of these things happening in the city.”

According to Franke it is unknown whether the company Cofer said that he was working for is actually real, and if he was really trying to pre-sell Christmas trees.


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