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Report of man collecting funds for nonexistent cause

Vermont State Police in New Haven received a report of a male subject in his 20s who approached a Ripton resident, ostensibly to raise money for a walk against child abuse. The resident was doubtful, declined to donate; in checking later she was unable to find any event in the area. A similar incident in Middlebury was reported to a trooper and the information relayed to the Middlebury Police Dept. The citizen found there had been a walking event earlier this year but with nothing planned in the near future. In both cases the individual had no documentation to show the event was actually occurring and he did not receive any money from the people he approached.

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