Scam To Lure Homeowners Outside?

It was a scary experience for a Farmville woman when she says a man tried to lure her to open her door late at night using a recording of a crying baby.

It happened at a home on Highway 121 around 12:45 Wednesday morning.

Rose Lemaine says she heard some bumping around outside, got up to see what was going on, and then heard a baby crying from her back porch.

Lemaine says she almost opened her door to help the baby, but noticed her dog was barking and jerking on its leash. She then woke up her stepsons and called the sheriff's office. That's when they saw a tall man dressed in all-black outside their home walking away.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says deputies couldn't find anyone when they arrived, but says it's possible someone was using a baby recording to try to lure Lemaine outside. She says she wants to make sure no one else falls for this scheme. "It was very, very scary because I felt useless. I couldn't do anything and I was crying because I was worrying about if there was a baby out there. I worried about the dogs getting to it and I wanted to go out there and try to help it, they're like 'no'. It was just scary."

The sheriff's office says this is the first call they've had on this scheme in the county. Deputies say if something similar happens to you, call 911.


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  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Aug 29, 2010 at 12:06 AM
    It might be cold out I use a full metal jacket
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    Call the law first then turn on your lights. Give the police a chance to catch them, even thought the courts will probably turn them loose.
  • by copycat on Aug 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    i just saw this thing on a crime tv show recently--and thought 'what would i do?'. i agree with a poster who said, turn on the light and call the law. never step out into the darkness for any reason. we have too many evil people in this world unfortunately. thanks to this lady for sharing, now we will be extra cautious. the crime show i watched also had a man pretend he'd hit a dog.
  • by ggirl Location: Windsor on Aug 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    You never know what you would do until it happens to you
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Yes, and last year this guy was sitting in his home when a woman ran into his yard screaming 'Help! Help me! Somebody help me!', and he grabbed his shotgun, stepped out onto the porch, told the woman he had just called 911 and help would be there soon. As soon as he did that, a man jumped out of his shrubbery and they both ran off!! Sadly, do not open the door anymore; just turn on the lights and call the law.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    This happened right across the field from my house! I'm just grateful Ms. Lemaine didn't open the door and is alright! Kudos to her dogs for raising such a ruckus!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    This is what security screens and floodlights are for - even if it's just a battery powered handheld flashlight variety. Those halogens are very bright. I don't open my door to just anyone, even in daylight, and that's the door.. not the screen. I don't open the screen for someone to hand me printed material. They leave it on the porch or they take it w/ them when they walk away. I live in a sorta-okay neighborhood but it just doesn't matter these days. I don't care what I hear crying outside, I can call the police rather than investigate myself, even if I do have a weapon in hand. I find this less scarey than pathetic really.. because I suspect there are a number of you in that region that would happily unload the buckshot or rock salt either one on someone dumb enough to try anything. lol
  • by to outdoorsman on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    Yeah there are a lot of black panthers running around eastern NC, aren't there. I know, you're going to say there are, and that you have seen them while hunting, and your friends have and members of your family have. I implore you, PLEASE show us some real, honest to goodness evidence. I would even accept a blurry photograph. State biologists have been investigating rumors of black panthers and cougars in NC for years and no evidence has ever been found. So PLEASE help us end this debate, once and for all. Or better yet, just don't say anything like that again. You really show your immature ignorance.....
  • by heard2 Location: enc on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    I heard about this too, a couple of years ago. They will sometimes move the recording "crying baby" around to make you think the baby is crawling around so you will go out and get it before it gets in the road.
  • by Outdoorsman Location: Beaufort County on Aug 28, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    Until she said she saw a man outside I would've told her it was a bobcat or a black panther out there! Those two animals sound just like a baby crying as well!!
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