Police Dispatch

Adventures in Soliciting

West Wheatridge Drive, July 2, 8:10 p.m.

A homeowner with a distaste for door-to-door vendors let his feelings turn physical with one persistent cable salesman, said a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the man's house to deal with an "arrogant" solicitor who allegedly refused to leave his property. They met with the subject, a white male in a Comcast shirt and safari hat who was standing outside and talking on a cell phone; deputies asked him what had happened. He stated that he had made contact with the homeowner and gave his pitch for cable television; when he was immediately rejected and told to leave, he said simply, "Well, that is my world." He began to walk back down the driveway, but when he turned around, he said, the homeowner came up from behind him, pushed him and punched him in the back.

When interviewed, the homeowner said the salesman had been loud and "arrogant," and that after he had told the man to leave, the man came back and rang the doorbell again. When the homeowner confronted him, the salesman "got right up in his face" and told him the doorbell-ringing was an accident. However, the homeowner said, the doorbell was in such a place as to make it nearly impossible to ring it by accident. He admitted that when the man would not leave his property, he shoved him in the back.

No arrests were made; the cable salesman did not want to remain on the property for long because, as he told law enforcement, he "had other houses to try to make a sell."

Possibly Symbolic

South Via Hermosa, July 3, 5:25 p.m.

A teenage girl received a flaming surprise from a persistent and anonymous prankster, according to a PCSD report.

The 18-year-old girl stated that she had been baby-sitting her nieces, nephews and younger brother when she heard a loud banging on the house's security door. When she went to investigate, she found a single roll of toilet paper, partially burned on one side, sitting on the doorstep. She left it there and returned to her charges.

About an hour later, she heard more banging on the door; this time, when she opened it, she saw that the toilet-paper roll was actually on fire. It burned, she said, until there was nothing left.

The girl said she had no idea who could have done this or why it was done. No evidence remained at the scene except a circular, 8-inch black burn mark left on the cement.

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