JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- A Croach Pest Control door-to-door salesman was arrested on Friday night by Junction City Police and charged with theft, trespassing, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Andrew Michael Anthony Everton, 27, of Beaverton, said he was employed by Croach Pest Control as a door-to-door salesman and was wearing a uniform shirt, jacket, and hat bearing the Croach company logo.
Neighbors in the northwest area of Junction City reported Everton had taken off running when challenged by local residents. He ran into fields to the west of the homes. Multiple officers responded and ultimately located Everton nearby.
Subsequent investigation revealed Everton had not only trespassed on private property but had also stolen at least one item delivered to an area home from Amazon. Police said further research found he had unlawfully entered the backyard of a Harrisburg residence and attempted to break into several storage sheds earlier in the day.
Everton was accompanied by two other individuals.
One was a co-worker who police said was cooperative and the police had no probable cause to believe he was involved in any unlawful activity.
The second person identified himself as the sales area manager for Croach Pest Control. Immediately upon making contact with investigating officers, the area manager indicated he was aware of the unlawful activity Everton was involved in. When questioned, the manager said one of his prospective customers had shown him a video of Everton’s activities. However, when asked to provide information on the source of that video, the manager refused and stated he was not going to provide any additional information beyond that of what police already had.
Police ask anyone with information on these individuals is requested to immediately contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.
A representative from Croach Pest Control released a statement in response to Everton's arrest: "We are extremely shocked and saddened by the actions of the individual in Junction City, Oregon, yesterday. We would like to assure everyone that this contractor is no longer associated with our company. We are also reviewing the vetting and engagement process for our sales contractors to ensure we are keeping our communities and families safe. We appreciate our clients, and the communities we serve. We sincerely apologize for the actions of this individual, Croach is a family-owned company that has been providing pest control service for 10’s of thousands of customers throughout the pacific northwest for over 10 years and this situation is unprecedented in our history."