Stratham police seeking shirtless 'salesman' who ran off
STRATHAM — A man whom police say got into a disturbance with a homeowner during a sales pitch for driveway sealcoat, escaped from police late Wednesday afternoon.
The name of the man wasn’t available and police have since called off the manhunt, said Stratham police Chief John Scippa.
The public is not believed to be in danger, Scippa said.
The incident began around 2:30 p.m. when the man and a woman went to a residence on Butterfield Lane. The woman was identified as Tiffany Girrior, 32, of Hampton, Scippa said.
Working independently, the two were going door-to-door selling driveway sealcoat in the neighborhood. During the sales presentation, the pair got into an argument with the homeowner and police were called, Scippa said.
As police were responding to the scene, the department received another call of a suspicious man at Doe Run Lane, which is in the same neighborhood and near Butterfield Lane. In that call, the homeowner reported seeing a man behaving strangely in her driveway. He wasn’t wearing a shirt and was walking around looking in her car, the woman told police. She also told them that she had a gun and was planning to confront the man.
At this point, police determined that they had two incidents, with one involving a gun. So, they contacted other departments in the area and began setting up a perimeter around the house on Doe Run. They also called out a New Hampshire State Police dog unit to set up a track of the man.
Police set up a road block at the entrance to Butterfield Lane. They also told residents to stay in their homes with their doors locked.
But after the police dog lost the scent, it was determined that the man had slipped away, Scippa said.
They learned from Girrior that the man is wanted for felony and burglary charges out of Massachusetts, Scippa said. Girrior knew the man’s background but didn’t know his name, Scippa said.
Girrior received a summons for soliciting door-to-door without a permit, Scippa said.
The man is described as not wearing a shirt, with tattoos, blue jeans and missing most of his teeth, Scippa said.