Be on the Lookout for Scam Artists and Vehicle Burglars
HERNANDO BEACH – The Sheriff’s Office is reporting separate incidents that have residents on Hernando Beach on edge and wondering who they can trust.
According to officials, just before 5:00 pm. Monday, a couple living on Minnow Creek Drive in Hernando Beach, were approached by a man claiming to be Security System Salesperson.
When speaking to the wife, the male advised he worked for “GE” and asked several questions about the couple’s current security system. At no time did the male identify himself and even though he was wearing a name tag, the wife was unable to read or remember the information on the name tag.
During their conversation, the man advised he could provide a new security system for $50. When speaking to the husband, the male advised that he was “working on behalf of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office” in reference to recent vehicle and residential burglaries in the area.
When the couple became suspicious of the male, he advised that “he had other houses to visit” and promptly left the area. The couple called law enforcement to file a report but by the time they arrived the man was nowhere to be found.
According to officials with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, they do not solicit, nor do they “partner” with any individuals or businesses selling security systems or any other product.
In a second unrelated investigation, officials are asking for your help in identifying a suspect in a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred on Hernando Beach between Monday February 1st and Tuesday February 2nd.
The video clip below shows the suspect walking on private property near a vehicle.
If you have any information regarding these investigations, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830.
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