Stranded Motorist Twice Scams Good Samaritan

Posted On March 21, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Batesville, Ind.) – Police in Batesville are attempting to locate a man who staged himself as a stranded interstate motorist when he stole money from an elderly resident.

Chief of Police Stan Holt says that on Monday an elderly woman stopped along the shoulder of Interstate 74 westbound near the Batesville exit to provide assistance to what appeared to be a broken down motorist.

The suspect, described as a 5’9” white male in his late thirties with dark hair, convinced the Batesville resident to let him borrow money so he could fix the mechanical problem with his vehicle.  The stranded motorist provided a name and telephone number to arrange a time and place to return payment.

The Batesville resident contacted police after he believed that the encounter with the stranded motorist was potentially a scam. Officers checked the area where the stranded motorist was last seen, but could not find a vehicle or the stranded motorist.

The following day, Tuesday, the stranded motorist did make contact with the elderly victim via telephone. She provided the stranded motorist directions to her house with the belief that his intention was to return the money he had borrowed.

A couple minutes later, the resident heard a knock at her door. The same man from the highway entered the home without permission and distracted the resident long enough to steal her wallet from inside the home.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Batesville Police Department at (812) 934-3131.

Area residents are urged to report disabled roadway vehicles or suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agencies.