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Man ringing doorbells becomes an annoyance to St. Charles residents

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 (KMOV) -- St. Charles County residents become alarmed after a man travels door-to-door at all times of the day asking for money.

“Something needs to be done about this guy ringing doorbells, it’s scary. He’s a big man.”

The man is ringing their doorbells at all hours of the day and night asking for money in the neighborhood.

Some also say they’re armed with handguns when they open the door to this guy at strange hours of the night.

One woman said she put a warning on her Facebook page for her friends and nine of them responded saying he too had also hit their doorbell.

Kimberly Gould said she found out he always has the same story.

“He knocks on people’s door, and says I’m out of money, my girlfriend and I ran out of gas and we’re trying to get back to Wentzville. That’s his story,” Gould said. This guy came to her stepmother’s home , a mile away at around 10:30 p.m.

Police say basically it’s not illegal to be knocking or ringing doorbells in the middle of the night so he hasn’t broken any laws

“If there’s no legitimate reason for them to be knocking on the door at that time and they’re simply trying to alarm the person inside, then it would fall under the statute or ordinance of peace disturbance,”  Sgt. Todd Wilson said of the St. Charles Police Department.

Sgt. Wilson is advising anyone who gets a knock on their door at an unusual hour that’s not expecting anyone to go ahead and call 911. They’ll send out a patrol car.

 “One of my friends on Facebook told him he would put gas in his car and the guy got ticked off for want of a better word and walked away, so clearly he doesn’t need gas,” Gould said.

St. Charles Police say they believe they known who this man is and they’ve dealt with him in the past.

The man who answered the door with a gun said the subject who is asking for money is operating within a three-square-mile area near St. Charles High School and Lindenwood University. 

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