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Rocky Mount police: Beware of man soliciting money

Posted November 17, 2009

— Rocky Mount residents are advised to be on the lookout for a man asking for money in a Wal-Mart parking lot and surrounding store parking lots, police said Tuesday. 

"He approaches women asking for money, stating that he has changed his life around and then displays a notebook with 'names' of individuals in the community who will vouch for him," police wrote in a news release Tuesday. "The names listed include various individuals in the community to include police department employees. This information is false."

The only description police provided is that the man is black.

"Do not give donations without determining the validity of the organization or individual, particularly to an individual walking around in a parking lot soliciting funds," police said.

If you see the man, contact police at 972-1411 and provide a detailed description of the man and location.


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  • Run_Forrest_Run Nov 17, 2009

    Typical....in Rocky Mount...and Christmas right around the corner. You'd better be packing if you go to the mall around here....

  • SomeRandomGuy Nov 17, 2009

    "If you see the man, contact police at 972-1411 and provide a detailed description of the man and location."

    Why? Is it illegal? Or to see if he has a permit issued by RM?

  • wildcat Nov 17, 2009

    This man will get someone, because some people are just plain greedy. If it don't sound good, then my friends it is not good.

  • superman Nov 17, 2009

    If this is news??? I suggest that none of your ever go download. A guy approached me downtown-- I was very polite and refused -- then he cursed me. With these people you just be better off to walk away and do nothing to make the situation worse. You just never know if they are crazy -on drugs or whatever.

  • josep4567 Nov 17, 2009

    I was flagged down by a man and woman in what appeared to be a disabled car. Thought they needed a jump start. Instead it was a touch for "gas money" I left!

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 17, 2009

    Over the years, I've seen numerous interviews with these so called "homeless" con artists. When you come to find out what these people "earn" ($25-30K+ per year tax free) are they really so bad off? I think not! Everybody just wants to find the easy money...

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 17, 2009

    I was approached 1 time by a panhandling supposedly "needy" guy at the Outlet Mall plaza in Smithfield, NC ...I just said "No, thank you" ...he backed off and walked away.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Nov 17, 2009

    They would get a solid shot of pepper spray in the face!

    I fell your pain BUT, with all the new rights afforded to criminals, you may find yourself charged with assault.

  • luvmyjackrascal Nov 17, 2009

    They've become so bold as to peck on your glass just in case you missed them.

    They would get a solid shot of pepper spray in the face!

  • htomc42 Nov 17, 2009

    One way of distinguishing between people who might actually deserve some degree of help, versus the bums and con artists, is that the former don't generally beg on the street. NEVER EVER EVER give money to anyone on the street.

    And the ones in wheelchairs or on crutches? I have seen their "pimps" set them out in the morning, then come back around with a van in the evening, to pick them up. It's just a sympathy scam. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY!