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Door-to-door salesman accused of burglarizing homes in Naples
Naples, N.Y. A Buffalo-area man has been charged with burglary after breaking into homes in Naples while going door-to-door for an energy company.
According to the Ontario County Sheriffs Office, 18-year-old Arquain M. Reese has been charged with one count of 2nd Degree Burglary and other charges may be pending.
Investigators say Reese worked for Just Energy, an alternative energy provider.
On Thursday, July 18th, Reese and another co-worker were walking around Naples and knocking on different homes to sell gas and electric services.
Investigators believe that when no one came to the front door, Reese went to the back of the homes and broke in.
Brian Ormond was sitting on his side porch when he said he noticed Reese in his neighbors, the Potters, yard. He said Reese acted suspiciouslydropping off and picking up bags in the backyard. Later he decided to go over to the Potters home to see if they were home and thats when he noticed the back door was open.
I can immediately see that when we turned left [inside the house], there was a gun safe that was violated, Ormond explained. There were drawers that were open and glass that was broken.
Neighbors called 911 and Reese was arrested the same day. He was still going door-to-door in Naples.
Sheriffs investigators say he stole air pistols, jewelry and cash from four different homes.
Were afraid, Louise Potter said. We feel that they invaded us, our home and privacy and this should not happen in this town.
Investigators do not believe that the other Just Energy worker was in on the crime; however, Village of Naples Mayor Brian Schenk said the company was not allowed to solicit in the village. All solicitors are required to have a permit and Schenk explained that he has had complaints about the company from different residents.
Usually [the complaints were] about the high pressure sales tactics and generally nothing more than that, Schenk explained. I guess you can call it an annoyance.
Since Reese was arrested before he could leave Naples, most of the victims will be able to get back what was stolen.
Resident Diann Payne says Reese cut a screen in a window and stole a necklace from her bedroom. She claims he was also wearing it when he was arrested. While shes glad she may be able to get back the stolen itemsshe says one thing she cant get back is peace of mind.
[I feel] very violated, she said. [I feel] unnerved and nervous. I double checked to make sure Did I lock the door? but these days you can't keep the window open anymore.
Reese remains in the Ontario County Jail on $50,000 bail.
A Just Energy spokesperson released this statement:
"We can confirm that we have launched a full investigation into the matter, and have severed our working relationship with the independent contractor, Arquain Reese.
As a company, we have in place well-defined and communicated internal protocols designed to help all of our representatives abide by the highest standard in sales practices. We expect everyone who markets on our behalf to consistently represent our company with professionalism, respect and honesty.
In those instances where independent representatives do not live up to our marketing standards and compliance codes, we will follow through with comprehensive investigations and take any necessary corrective actions, including, as in this case, termination."