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June 25, 2013

Solicitor arrested for not registering

ANDOVER — A solicitor with an energy company was arrested Thursday after attempting to sell his company’s product to an area resident, even after police told him to register first.

Brandon Best, 20, of Milton, was arrested on Canterbury Street at 1:42 p.m. Thursday and charged with willful violation of a town bylaw.

The employee worked with Just Energy, a regional energy provider, according to police reports.

A Canterbury Street resident notified police that a “male wearing a white shirt was at her door saying he was from Just Energy but was asking her all kinds of personal questions.”

Police tracked the man down and spoke with him, after which they contacted the company’s headquarters and informed them of soliciting procedures in Andover, which involve registering with the Police Department first, according to police.

Then, an officer observed Best approach another home — before registering to solicit, as police instructed him to do, according to Andover Police Lt. Lee Britton.

He was then arrested for willfully violating the soliciting bylaw.

“Usually, when you tell them what to do, they go to apply,” Britton said. “This guy didn’t do it.”



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Domestic incident: High Vale Lane, 2:50 p.m.

Theft: Lovejoy Road, 3:55 p.m.

Hit-and-run crash: Main Street, 4:21 p.m.

Theft: Boat stolen from shoreline, 10 feet long, $500 value, Rattlesnake Hill Road, 5:06 p.m.

Crash: Personal injury reported, two cars towed, Dascomb Road, 11:32 p.m.


;UPDATE: This case was dismissed in February 2014 at the request of the Commonwealth. Arrest: Uttam Reddi, 50, homeless, assault and battery on a household member, North Main Street, 4:59 p.m.

Theft: License plate stolen, Memorial Circle, 4:49 p.m.

Theft: Bike stolen, Bartlet Street, 8:34 p.m.

Vehicle theft: Vehicle later returned, occupant summonsed for use without authority and unlicensed operation, Brookside Drive, 11:33 p.m.

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