Police Issue Warning About Magazine Sellers

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Suspicious activity in South Charleston has neighbors and police on the lookout.

Several reports have been filed about young people going door to door selling magazines without a license.

One woman says those same people stole her prescription medication.

South Charleston Police say this activity has been happening in multiple areas of the city -- most recently, in the 100 block of 6th Avenue. That's where we met Darlene Hawkins on Friday. She says she's afraid to even leave her apartment.

Thursday morning, a young man came to her door, offering to sell her magazines.

“They just got in the building,” Hawkins said. “We don't know how they got into the building. It's a locked, secure building. And just come to my door and robbed me.”

She let him in, ordered some magazines and wrote him a check.

“He asked if he could use my bathroom, I said yes, he went,” Hawkins said. “He come back, gathered up his paperwork and said, ‘Oh could I wash my hands again?’”

That's when she began to get suspicious.

“He left,” Hawkins said. “I got to thinking, that was strange. So I opened my door, he'd left a note on my door that said ‘Sean is king.’”

He took her check, but that's not all. The young man also stole her prescription medication.

“This is why he made the second trip,” Hawkins said. “He had to come out here because the medicine cabinet is out here.”

Hawkins says the man got into a blue vehicle with out-of-state tags. The police department believes it's an SUV from Arizona and are urging people to be on the lookout. For Hawkins, the whole ordeal has left her scared, even in her own home.

“I trust everybody,” Hawkins said. “And he was a nice-looking young man. So polite. And it just ... now I'm afraid. Now I just wanna stay in my apartment.”

Hawkins says she hopes her story will teach others an important lesson:

”Don't open your door unless you know who it is,” Hawkins said.

South Charleston Police say they believe both men and women are involved in this operation.

They also have reports of a dark green SUV as being the suspect vehicle.

If you see a similar vehicle driving through your neighborhood, you are asked to call Kanawha Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.

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