Sheriff's Department Arrests 'Scam' Suspect

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Investigators say over the last several weeks, someone has been going to people's doors with a variety of stories about being in a desperate need for money.

Law enforcement says the suspect is bold. Driving across the county, pulling into driveway after driveway telling sad stories to get cash from sympathetic residents.

"He has told several stories of death in the family, of needing money for gas for whatever reason," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

It seems his tactics were finally suspicious enough for someone to report him to authorities. Someone saw one of the transactions and called in a tag number which led authorities to the driver.

That person is now cooperating with authorities and turned over the identity of the man actually walking up to the houses. And authorities say this isn't his first time swindling sympathetic residents.

"Back after Katrina, he also used the same ploy to take money from people. So again this individual, we have him in custody. He's not going anywhere," said Sollie.

Investigators say they believe there could be several victims across Lauderdale County.

"If you have in the last three weeks donated cash or wrote a check to a black male with the story of hardship or difficulties, please contact the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department at 601-482-9806.

Sheriff Sollie says this should also be a reminder for residents to be careful who they open the door for, because you never know their real intentions.

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  • by CRAZY Location: in tha ghetto on May 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM
    i gave him $250... i best ta get my money back.
  • by bubba Location: walking door to door on May 17, 2010 at 11:31 PM
    wow...really?...and we ONLY need to be "worried" what their real intentions are! WHEN DID PEOPLE START OPENING THE DOOR FOR STRANGERS ANYWAYS?!?!?!
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    Well Matlock, it is called a scam....would you like it is someone did this to you and took you for your money??? I would think not. I work darn hard for what I have and I am not about to just let some fly by night scam artist take it away. As stated earlier, I carry no cash and will not because of people like this. We have love's kitchen and salvation army for those who need food....Does not matter, black or white, it is not right to take from those who have it just because you are too lazy to work for it yourself...
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    people will do anything for the almighty buck. shame
  • by Jean Location: Meridian on May 15, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    There's also at least one woman, going around near downtown, asking for money for food and claiming to be 'diabetic and needs to get food.' When turned down, she asks for 'a light.' can't buy food, but you can buy tobacco or crack to smoke? (It's a sure bet, that smoking would really help that so-called case of diabetes.) Don't fall for hard-luck stories from people; everyone has one.
  • by Matlock on May 14, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    Wait a minute. What is this guy charged with? Is it a crime to give a sob story to someone in hopes of getting money? He is in jail, and the only thing Sollie can do is say "if a black male did this, call me?" Does the media ascribe to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding new reporting?
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    There was a couple (white male and white female) that was in Winn Dixie parking lot, off 39 by Hardee's about a week ago. They tried to approach me and ask for money, said their car blew up and they needed money to eat and try to get home. I walked away, toward the store and simply told them I do not carry cash on me. Just be careful out there. It takes all kinds to pull this crap and take advantage of the kind hearted. It is not that we don't care, we just do not want to be taken advantage of.
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