Paintsville Police searching for man scamming senior citizens

Police in Johnson County say a man is targeting elderly people in parking lots and getting away with their money.
Paintsville Police say there are numerous complaints and victims, and they are searching for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man, age 40 to 50, between 5'6"-5'10" tall and around 200 pounds. Police think he is driving a silver Nissan pick-up truck with the KY license plate number 714-LEE.

Investigators say the man approaches elderly people in the parking lots and tells them he knows them. "He is trying to get cash. He's telling them that he lives close and giving them stories of sorrow and misfortune," said Officer Jerry Wiley.

Police think the man has collected around $250 but say there could be more victims than they know. They want to catch him before any others lose money.
"Let your elderly family members know if you're approached, do not give anybody any money," said Wiley.

Shoppers are also on the lookout for anything suspicious.
"It's a very upsetting feeling with people who do target elderly people and vulnerable people because they think we're easy, and if we put up a good defense, then they'll find out we're not easy, that we're hard to deal with, and it's up to us to put that front out," said Bill Hamm in Paintsville.

Paintsville Police ask if anyone is approached by the suspect to not talk to him and call police.


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