On Saturday July 20 at approx 3:10 PM an HBPD Officer observed two males going door to door. Believing they were soliciting, and knowing they did not appear to be licensed, he made contact with the two subjects. It was confirmed both adult males were not licensed to solicit under the ordinance. They claimed they were going door to door to get people lower energy costs. Neither had an official identification showing residency in PA. Both were arrested for the ordinance violation. It was found that one solicitor, Dylan Burris, had marijuana. Both were charged with violating the Transient Retail Merchants ordinance. Burris also received a charge of Possession of Small Amount Marijuana. Both were taken to Central Booking.
Hummelstown Police would like to remind all Borough residents that solicitors are required to have a permit with them at all times. Any resident can request to see the permit when someone comes to their door. A permit that is "with their boss, in the car or on file", is not sufficient and is a direct violation of the ordinance. HBPD should be contacted immediately. A description of the person, what they were wearing and any vehicle information is always helpful.
A copy of the ordinance can be found here, https://www.ecode360.com/30982335?highlight=merchants&searchId=172471264...
Note to solicitors - if you are found going door to door in Hummelstown Borough without a permit, you will receive a non-traffic citation, there are no exceptions. If you do not have an I.D. with a Pennsylvania address, you will be charged and see a judge. Please obey the ordinance, it is in place to protect our residents.