Children's books solicitor arrested in Forest Hill

A young Washington state woman was arrested Monday for allegedly being disorderly while selling children's books door to door in the Forest Hill area, according to a statement of charges filed by the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Kristin J. Arney, 18, of the 1100 block of Elm Street in Lynden, Wash., was apprehended at 4:05 p.m. Monday on Ross Road in Forest Hill, where she was soliciting in the 1100 block, according to the statement of charges.

The resident seemed nervous at the door and the deputy noticed Arney did not have a solicitor's license or any identification, according to the statement.

When he asked her for identification, she said she was selling children's books "for the experience" and traveling across the country, according to the statement.

The deputy informed her she needed a solicitor's permit in Harford County and asked to speak with her boss, but Arney refused to provide information about her employer.

A resident then flagged down the deputy and said Arney was disorderly at several homes and the victims were scared to respond. The resident said the disturbance woke sleeping children and other residents complained of her demeanor at the door.

Arney was arrested and charged with making a false statement to an officer, obstructing and hindering, disorderly conduct and peddling and soliciting without a permit, according to the statement.

During the arrest, one resident asked for a check back because she was afraid the sale was a scam. No other actual sales were mentioned in the statement.

She was ordered held on $3,000 bail and released the same day.

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