Arrests made in door-to-door soliciting scams
Walla County Sheriff’s Deputies and City Police have been inundated the past several days with numerous calls regarding scammers who have been targeting the Walla Walla Valley.
Late Saturday afternoon, six of the door-to-door solicitors were brought in to the police department for questioning after more complaints came in to the 911 dispatch center.
After questioning the suspects and interviewing numerous victims and potential victims, all six were arrested. Katrina B. Glock, 24; Skyler E. P. Garber, 18; Kara K. Newman, 24; Mariah A. Axelton, 19; Krystal L. Killian, 21; and Daniel K. Lines, 39; were lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail for felony Criminal Impersonation 1st Degree or Complicity to Criminal Impersonation 1st Degree.
The suspects were part of a group of 27, mainly young females, who were participating in the door-to-door solicitations from Walla Walla to the Yakima Valley. Tri-Cities agencies have also had contact with these subjects who had all been staying in a Sunnyside, WA motel since working their way from California and Western Washington.
The company they work for is Majestic Sales LLC.
The suspects allegedly used different stories when contacting residents, asking for donations for a variety of causes. They have asked for money to support the “Wounded Warrior Project”, donations for the Walla Walla High School Softball Team to go to Hawaii, selling magazines to raise money for a school, and selling care packages for soldiers serving overseas.
The scammers would ask for cash or checks. There have been at least 5 victims identified, with others possibly in Umatilla County and the surrounding area.
Law enforcement are encouraging residents to call if they have given funds or been contacted by this group. Detectives can be reached at 509-527-4434 for Walla Walla City residents or 509-524-5400 for Walla Walla County residents.