Purcellville News Flash

Posted on: July 18, 2017

News Release - Suspicious Activity of Solicitors in Town

PURCELLVILLE, Va. July 18, 2017 — The Purcellville Police Department has been made aware of suspicious activity that has occurred in Town. Although there are no official police reports, several individuals on social media have shared information about this suspicious activity. One individual, who spoke with a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, stated that last week she was approached in the shopping center parking lot in the 1000 block of East Main Street. She was approached by two Middle Eastern males and one black female. The individuals were well dressed and carrying black and gold gift bags with make-up in them. They solicited to sell make-up valued at $60.00 for only $20.00. Their offer was declined by the individual. This same individual was approached again early this week in the shopping center parking lot in the 600 block of East Main Street. The same offer was given and again declined.

Anyone soliciting in Loudoun County must obtain a solicitor’s license from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to soliciting in the Town of Purcellville, they must also obtain a solicitor’s license for the Town, pay the required itinerant vendor fee, and notify the Police Department that they will be working within the Town limits. The solicitors must show a valid license to anyone requesting to see it. If they cannot produce the valid licenses and are soliciting, they are in violation.

The Police Department encourages anyone who comes in contact with anyone soliciting without a license to notify the Police Department as soon as possible. Further, if anyone observes suspicious individuals, vehicles, or activity, please call the Purcellville Police as soon as possible. It is our community members who know what is suspicious in their neighborhood. The telephone numbers to call are: Non-Emergency 703-777-1021 (Sheriff’s Dispatch will send your call to the Purcellville Police Department); and Emergency 911.

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