Warning: Don't Open Your Door To Strangers

By Nicole Hahn
By John W. Davis

December 6, 2010 Updated Dec 6, 2010 at 6:49 PM EDT

Whitley County, Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Warning! Don’t open your door to strangers. Whitley County Sheriff’s officials are warning of potential danger in the area.

They say on Friday, just after 3:00pm, two men in a white van pulled into the driveway of a Whitley County residence. One of the men went up to the door. The woman was hesitant to answer, but cracked the door just a few inches to see what the man wanted. She said the man asked if she was the lady of the house. She said that when she told him she was, he asked if she had heard of a new cleaning product that he was selling and then pulled a clear plastic bottle out and held it up to the door.

The woman says she was nearly knocked out by the nauseating smell. She says she was able to slam and lock the door and crawl to her cell phone and call 911. She says the man stood at the door and watched until he saw her with the phone. The woman says the man then ran to the van and peeled out…headed toward Huntington County. She says she nearly passed out from the fumes of the unknown chemical smell.

It is unclear what the men were after, but it is likely they were watching the home and knew she was the only adult at home. The woman is thankful nothing happened to her…and wants to warn others to be aware. Whitley County Sheriff’s officers are also warning people to be aware of their surrounding and not to answer the door to strangers.

"All precautions need to be taken. Society has changed so drastically in the past several years that you can't hardly trust anybody coming to your door anymore. You just don't know if they actually need help or if their selling something or if they're there for illegal purposes," said Whitley County Sherriff Mark Hodges.




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