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Police arrest alleged magazine scammer

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Sioux Falls police are warning about door to door magazine scams after they arrested a person without the proper permits while he was supposedly fundraising for a trip to Hawaii.

Robert Barnes Jr., 23, of Longview, Texas was arrested for not having a Peddling Permit or a State Sales Tax License. Officer Sam Clemens said he is out on bond. 

Police responded to an initial report of a suspicious subject near West 28th Street and South Main Avenue. They were able to catch up with the Barnes at 26th Street and Main Avenue.

Officer Sam Clemens said the call came after an elderly woman wrote a check to the peddler but she became suspicious. After the suspect left she called her bank to cancel the check.

Police said the Barnes told them he was raising money for college. The subject was allegedly selling magazines with the company United Circulation. However, he could not provide a Peddler's Permit and State Sales Tax License when police asked for certification and he was arrested.   

Clemens said police have seen the scam before and he said magazine scams are the most frequent. He said the latest incident is people say they are with a high school team raising money for a trip.

Clemens said you should ask for a permit if you are suspicious or call the police to investigate.

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