Scam Targets Elderly

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Don Blanchard has lived on Illinois Avenue in Lansing for 60 years. He says what happened to him on Monday afternoon was completely out of the ordinary.

"They came in, went into the kitchen and hugged my wife and said hi mom. I said, but we don't know you."

Police say two male suspects forced their way into the Blanchards' house by pretending to be long lost family members. One of the two made it into the bedroom, but was chased out before he could take anything.

"I told them you guys better get out of here and they went on out," said Blanchard.

Police say this could be a trend and similar scams have also been reported outside of Lansing.

"Usually these scams occur in rashes. We've only had one reported here in Lansing so far so we wanted to get the word out as soon as possible," said Lansing Police Capt. Daryl Green.

According to Capt. Green, the elderly may be targeted.

The suspects are described as white or hispanic. One is about 5'7 with dark hair. The other is about 220 pounds with longer hair. Call Lansing police if you have any information about them.


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  • by Lindsay Location: Lansing on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    If they forced their way in, there should be some fingerprints. Did the police get them? I hope they go to linda's and get whacked a few times with the big stick. Linda, at least let the authorities know when these guys are out of business - for peace of mind to everyone else! I keep thinking of setting up a camera somehow that will record what goes on in my yard. Mainly, to see the wildlife but it would work for trespassers, too.
  • by linda Location: lansing on Jul 24, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    i dare you to come to my house, i have a big stick sitting in the window and all doors are locked and a big pit, you will not get very far, lame people who have to try to take advantage of people,
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    Thank you media for giving us one more reason to own a firearm.
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