City Times Staff
A woman stands with her dog at the intersection of Crossroads Dr. and County HH on Sept. 30, holding a sign that reads, “Passing through, need supplies”.
Plover Police Chief Dan Ault said his dept. does receive “a couple” phone calls almost each month from motorists complaining of panhandlers at the intersection, but the number of complaints increase in the warmer months of the year.
“I suspect the individuals you’ve seen over the past few days are moving from north to south before winter,” Ault said on Friday. “But they’re almost never locals; they’re almost always from out of the area, at least those individuals we see in this location.”
Ault said some of the panhandlers appear to be traveling through the area on foot, but said his officers have also discovered some sleeping in vehicles parked in one of the various parking lots of Crossroads Commons.
Panhandlers are rarely cited at the intersection, Ault said, adding, “They’ll never pay that fine, anyway, and they always move on when we ask them to do so.”