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Elderly woman reports scam, theft

Authorities are investigating a scam that victimized an 89-year-old Halifax woman Friday evening and warning county residents to be vigilant.

According to Sheriff Fred S. Clark, the victim answered a knock at her door Friday night to find a young, white male in his early 20s seeking her assistance in finding survey markers around her Chatham Road property.

The man told the elderly woman the property behind her house had been sold, and he was surveying boundary lines.

At the young man’s request, the elderly woman left her house to identify her property line boundary markers.

Later that night when she prepared to go to bed, she noticed a bottle of her pills was lying on the bedroom floor, and she normally keeps the medication in the kitchen, the sheriff said. 

She found some of her medication had been taken along with $120 from her purse and $60 in change that she kept in a container.

Deputy Tyler H. Clarke answered the initial call Friday night, according to the sheriff.

On Saturday Investigator Chris Hudson followed up on the investigation after the woman reported a birthstone ring and other miscellaneous jewelry was missing from her house.

Family members advised Hudson the tires on the victim’s automobile had been slashed, and the telephone line in her bedroom had been cut, Clark said.

The victim reported the young male had left her house Friday night driving an older model brown truck. 

Anyone with information pertaining to the thefts and scam at this Halifax residence is asked to contact Hudson at the sheriff’s office at 476-3339.