Elderly Targeted in Meridian Township

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Meridian Township Police released a statement, Tuesday, that three men were going around and trying to scam the elderly. The cases happened on Monday, the same day that burglary attempts were reported in Lansing.

"Given the time frame and the general descriptions of the three suspects, we think they're probably the same individuals," said Lt. Greg Frenger of Meridian Township Police.

One 93-year-old Meridian Township woman, who does not want her name released, said the men came to her door, explaining that they know a man who worked on her home in the past and that they owed her money.

"I did let them into the kitchen, which was mistake number one," said the woman.

After they asked if she had any change, she said she went and got her purse. According to her, one man began distracting her by working on her heat register and asking for ice water. She didn't know where the other men were.

"Then they left and acted like they were in a hurry," said the victim. "I didn't know I had been robbed until I went to put my purse back and saw that $80 was missing from my wallet."

According to police, many times these scammers claim to be from a concrete company.

"We would encourage residents that have these individuals show up to their homes to not have any conversation with them," said Frenger.

One victimized neighborhood said the men claimed to be from Able Concrete, but one representative of Able Concrete says they would never show up at a house unannounced.

"It concerns me that they are using our name," said Brian Wargo of Able Concrete in Lansing. "We believe that they are looking at the stamps on our concrete, but what we always tell all of our customers is that we will always call 24 hours in advance before coming out to their place."

Meridian Township Police say the three men are described as White or Hispanic and in their twenties. One is about 5'7 and 'clean cut', another is thin and was seen wearing a white shirt. The third man is described as heavier-set and having pock marks on his face.

Three different vehicles were used during the robberies: a gray mini-van, a gray pick-up and a black pick-up.

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