Tornado victims told to watch out for fake volunteers

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

State Police are warning people about taking advantage of kindness in storm ravaged areas.

Kentucky State Police told WKYT that some folks in West Liberty have already stopped potential thieves.

Those working inside the Index Community Center behind Index Community Church say it's hard to believe anyone would take the donations and supplies if they didn't really need them. But, police say that's exactly what's happened in several cases.

The most recent case involved a woman posing as a volunteer. But rather than taking goods to other churches or distribution centers, officers say she was taking goods to her home.

Officers also arrested a man for stealing goods last week.

State Police issued a warning to anyone trying to take advantage of charity.

"If we find individuals who are out trying to obtain goods under false pretenses, we're gonna catch and prosecute them," said Trooper First Class Elliott Gollihue with Kentucky State Police.

Volunteers say they won't let a few trying to take advantage ruin all the good they're doing.

"It makes me feel good to volunteer. It really does," explained William Walter, who has been volunteering for more than a week. "Makes me feel like I'm doing something for these poor people."

West Liberty Police also issued a scam alert about contractors. They posted the following message on their Facebook page: "Citizens of Morgan County please be aware that Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley has NOT authorized any contractors to remove debris on behalf of the county from private property.The land owner will be responsible for the costs of any contractors performing debris removal on private property."

Investigators are encouraging anyone to report any unusual behavior.

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