Residents in the Pointe O'Woods development were reporting on at least one social media page on Tuesday night that they had been approached by a woman who was going around the neighborhood asking for money in exchange for newspaper subscriptions.
Some of the reports claimed that the woman was attempting to sell newspaper subscriptions in order to help her pay her tuition at Rutgers University.
Detective Sgt. Eileen Dodd of the Howell Police Department said officers were dispatched to Arbor Drive at 6:35 p.m. looking for a blonde woman in her 20's walking door to door with a clipboard. Dodd said after conducting a search officers were unable to locate the woman.
Following recent reported burglaries the department has advised residents that anyone soliciting in the township needs to first obtain the proper permit. The ordinance also applies to contractors who need a permit in order to work in the township.
Dodd said the application for a permit includes a criminal and background check which is done by the department. Any residents with concerns are encouraged to call 911 in an emergency or call the department at 732-938-4111 with any information or questions.