TROY, NY - Troy Police are investigating a scheme to defraud which occurred in the South Troy section of the city early Sunday evening. A suspect approached a resident in the Madison Street area and solicited cash, claiming his car had been towed and he needed the cash to pay the tow agency and retrieve his vehicle.
At this point in the investigation we are not naming the suspect but it does appear that he has been a past defendant in similar crimes. He is known to our department. Current description is white male, clean cut, 50 years of age. He will usually approach vulnerable persons (elderly and/or disabled) at their doorstep and explain that his car has been towed or his keys have broken off in his ignition.
A key element of his solicitation is that he will ask to borrow cash in an odd amount, rarely a "whole" denomination ($20, $30, etc.). He is polite and non-threatening; he has not acted in a dangerous manner in previous incidents investigated by our department. In today's event, he identified himself as "Charlie" and asked for $16.50.
The suspect is driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan, NY registration GKH-6500. Any person approached by the suspect or seeing the vehicle noted is urged to call Troy Police at 270-4411 or call 911 for immediate response to their location.
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