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Thieves Claiming to Shovel Snow Steal Wallets
DEER PARK, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- An elderly man tried to help people that came to his door and they violated his trust.
There wasn't just cash in his wallet, there was a picture of his wife from their wedding day. Fran McKeown looks in on her 91-year-old father often. But last Saturday, with the heavy snow, he was home alone.
Thieves came knocking and asked to shovel his driveway.
"And he said that he had no money. He was homeless and gave him a song and dance like he had done in the past."
One of the men had been at the home on Clifford before asking to shovel. He claimed he and his buddy would clear the driveway for 20 dollars. They asked for a drink of water to distract Fran's dad.
"Shortly thereafter they went outside to do the shoveling and Dad didn't hear anything and so he looked outside and they were gone and he looked on his dining room table and the wallet was missing."
Fran's daughter posted on Facebook alerting people about the scam. People responded saying con artists have been running the same scam on others in Dillonvale and Amberley Village. The family is hoping the word gets out and neighbors watch for predators preying on the elderly.
The worst part for Fran's father isn't the money that's lost. It's a wedding photo from 1946. Fran's father cherished a picture of him and his wife who died seven years ago.
"He carried a picture of my mother from their wedding day for 68 years in that wallet. And now it's gone and he cant get that back."
Fran has been helping her father replace his ID's and personal information he kept in his wallet. She does have concerns about possible identity theft. She says she won't let her dad leave his next social security card in his wallet.
The family says the scammers are in an old burgundy Chevy Caprice with temporary tags or an old black truck. They carry a shovel. If you have any information that can help police call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.