Police Arrest Man Who Conned Residents

Police just arrested a man who conned Lakewood residents out of money this evening. At about 11:00 PM, a resident from the Raintree area called police after a man claiming to be an employee for the Ocean County Garage, knocked on his door asking for money to prevent his car from being impounded, the resident tells TLS.

The man, a white male about 30 years old, told residents his vehicle was being impounded by police and would need cash immediately to avoid having his car impounded.

Convinced of his story, the resident offered the man a check, but he insisted he needed cash. The woman gave the man $20 cash.

The same incident occurred with at least one other area resident.

Police arrived within minutes, and with the help of a neighbor, were provided with a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle  – with the suspect inside – was located just outside one of the homes the suspect conned.

After questioning the man – and his information and given name matching the information given to police by neighborhood residents – the man was arrested an taken into custody.

“I was extremely impressed by how quickly the police tracked down the con man”, says N.M., one of the Raintree residents conned by the suspect. “They combed the area and had him arrested within 15 minutes”. TLS-CCP.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Why would anyone open the door for a stranger, let alone give him money? Wise up, people. It could save your life.
    Kudos to the LPD for a job well done.

  2. people should know that if a person comes knocking at your door for money, never ever give them money unless you know they are honest with their story. another thing is, i don’t open my door anymore to strangers. i am jewish but i don’t even open the door to jews. they’re strangers and i do it to be safe.
    if you want to give to charity, give to an organization or even put money in a charity box. but don’t open your door to a stranger.

  3. Once again LPD is quick to act and respond. We have some if the best officers around! Even with limited numbers of officers they still are doing the best to get the job done. We are truly blessed to have a wonderful bunch of men and women serving this great city

  4. This guy tried it on me 5 months ago at 5:30 a.m. in raintree. I made him show me the tow truck, when we came there he says I don’t know my car is gone. Before he left I took a picture of his car and reported it to police.

  5. I agree in part with #4, bear in mind though, that on the other side of the door may lay a golden opportunity to help someone in need. Be diligent be safe, but always remember that rules and regulations- especially the ones made of fear, killed many an opportunity to help others and ourselves… Just a thought…

  6. really? someone knocks on your door @ 11PM gives you a sad story and you hand them 20 bucks, that’s just insane. If someone was to do that to me I would have pointed to the phone booth on the corner and told them to call someone else, and then promptly called the police.

  7. a few years ago the police knocked on my door and i had no idea why- they just said lakewood police. it was dark and i was home alone. i looked out the window and did not see a patrol car. i told the cop through the door that i can’t open the door unless he shows me his car – and he gladly pointed out that his car was behind the tree. once i saw it I opened the door. (it was related to a neighborhood robbery) the point is that ANYONE could say they are the police!!!

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