SCAM ALERT: Havelock Woman Robbed Of Cash

The Havelock Police Department is trying to track down a thief they say scammed an elderly woman while warning others not to fall for it.

Havelock police say a woman was essentially robbed on Thursday afternoon. They say as she left a local Food Lion grocery store, a man struck up a conversation with her about her finances. Police say the conversation resulted in the woman taking money out of the bank, and then she drove him to a local McDonald's. After leaving the man at the restaurant, the woman says she realized he had switched money bags. He had her cash, and she had a bag of torn newspaper.

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Police describe the suspect as a 5'6" African American man with several moles on his face. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses. Police say there was another man present, though he stayed at a distance.

Police are specifically looking for anyone who was at the east end McDonalds located at Shipman Road and East Main Street, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Thursday to contact them.

Havelock Police are requesting anyone who may have information concerning this incident, or, anyone who may have encountered the two suspects to contact Lt. Brian Woods, Investigator Chris Morning, or Investigator Jim MacRoberts at the Havelock Police Department at (252) 447-3212.

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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    First. Who let's someone talk them into a conversation about their finances? Second. Who gives someone who is intersted in their finances a ride? Third. Who let's someone in their car, while doing, of all things, business with a bank OR cash money, WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE PERSON???
  • by anon Location: pitt county on Dec 11, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    Why would you put money in a bag anyway?
  • by @Timothy Location: Grifton on Dec 11, 2010 at 01:36 AM
    So very true! Also, there is a lot more to this story! Sounds like a major big cash paying drug deal gone bad. I can't be the only one thinking this!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    This happens all the time, I have been asked to put my money in a bag and then they would put thiers in it too, then they swap it out. I didn't fall for it thankfully but I suppose a person who didn't notice would.
  • by Timothy Location: Greenvilla on Dec 10, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    And when they are caught? what happens next? Prison? Probation? What? NOTHING! The system is broken. The Court System is just a money-making scam for attorneys. There's no JUSTICE there. Bet these guys are repeat offenders. Wish the whole court system would just go ahead and's FAIL anyway and your taxes are going to "prop" it up.
  • by Barny Location: Mayberry on Dec 10, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    We brothers in blue in the law enforcment community refer to this type of crime as the shop and swap.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    Wow! Stuff like this burns me up! these people who are robbing, stealing, etc. need to get a job..really. They need to put as much into a job as they do taking advantage of the elderly and/or hard working individuals. This is just disturbing. Makes me sick!
  • by J on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    SCAM ALERT: Don't drive people around you don't know, especially to a bank.
  • by Crystal on Dec 10, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    The story is lacking alot of details because this makes no sense.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    That's mainly being stupid on her part. You don't take people that you meet in the grocery store parking lot anywhere, especially to a bank to withdraw money.
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