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Police nab cleaning product seller


RICHMOND — An outspoken and allegedly pushy cleaning product salesperson found himself arrested and jailed after police said he refused to heed their requests to stop hawking products without an appropriate license.

Timothy L. Thomas, 42, of Detroit, Mich., was charged Friday with obstructing a police officer in execution of duty, disorderly conduct, and selling door-to-door without a license, a violation of town ordinances.

The arrest followed several complaints from residents who called police to complain about peddlers going through neighborhoods trying to sell a miracle liquid “wonder,” a multi-purpose cleaner called Advanage.

Following a complaint, police said they initially warned Thomas he did not have the required town license to conduct such sales and directed him to stop. Police said he resumed activity moments later and shouted profanities at officers, claiming his company Austin Diversified Products Inc., had a permit.

After his arrest, police report Thomas said his company had “deep pockets” to bail him out and said he would be back selling soap in “two hours.” He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Joseph Scott at the police station. Unable to post the requisite $5,000 surety bail ($500 cash), he was transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions where he was held over the weekend for an appearance in 4th Division Court.

Three men from the same company were cited by Westerly police after they failed to obtain licenses before soliciting their cleaner with “hundreds of uses.”

— A.J. Algier, Sun Staff Writer



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