GH woman scammed by ‘construction worker’

An elderly Grand Haven woman fell victim to a scam this week when she was distracted by an alleged construction worker.
Tribune Staff
Jul 24, 2014


Police said a man claiming to be a contractor approached the front door and then the back door of the woman’s Waverly Avenue home at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The man asked for a bucket of hot water to assist with asphalt work.

While the 87-year-old woman complied with the request, two other men entered the house and stole unknown items, police said.

The men left in a newer white four-door sedan with an out-of-state license plate, possibly Wyoming.

The three suspects, possibly Hispanic, were described as follows:

- One is approximately 40 years old; 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build; black hair; and wearing a short-sleeve blue shirt.

- One is approximately 30 years old; 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a heavy build; wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

- The third man is 50-60 years old with a heavy build, and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this incident or the suspects is asked to call the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety at 842-3460 or Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke encourages residents to never allow unidentified people into their home.

“Ask for identification,” he said. “If in doubt, call 911.”


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