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Albemarle Police Crack Down on Panhandling

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Albemarle County police are cracking down on panhandlers.  In the past six months police have issued 11 citations to people soliciting - commonly known as panhandling - in roadways.

Spokeswoman for the Albemarle County Police Department, Carter Johnson, says many panhandlers don't realize what they are doing is dangerous and illegal.

"What they'll do is they'll talk to the person that is in violation, they'll explain this is against the county code and typically then they will pack up and move on and follow the guidelines given," said Johnson.  

Johnson says Albemarle police respond to calls of panhandling on a daily basis.  She says it's typically repeat offenders that end up being cited.


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