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Roseville police warn public about scammer

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 2, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a scammer who might be targeting the elderly.

The concern originated following an incident that occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28 in the 15000 block of Elderwood Street, which is east of Hayes Road, between Common Road and 13 Mile Road.

Detectives said the suspect talked his way into the residence of an 87-year-old woman by claiming that he worked for the electric company. He told her that if she did not immediately pay him $100, the power would be turned off, according to the police. Their report said that he also claimed he needed to check the lights in the house, and he then proceeded to walk around the residence unaccompanied for several minutes. Police aren’t sure if anything was stolen from the house at the time.

The suspect was described as a white man, approximately 35 years old or older, who stood about 6 feet tall and weighed about 210 pounds. It is unknown if the suspect left in a vehicle.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals in society that target our older citizens; please stress to friends and family that if someone or something strange is happening, call the police to have it checked out,” Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon said in an email. “Utility workers will have ID and understand if you want the police to check things out as well. They are concerned about their customers as well.”

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the department at (586) 777-6700.