Man says truck disabled, borrows money, vanishes

November 23, 1994

County police are looking for a con artist who asks people to lend him money to have his disabled truck towed and then disappears, authorities said.

The man walked into a Severna Park 7-Eleven around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. He told the clerk at the store in the 100 block of Ritchie Highway that his truck for Bayly's Septic Service had broken down and that he needed $20 for the tow truck, police said.

The clerk lent the man the money, which he promised to repay by 6:30 a.m. The man never returned.

When the clerk called a number the man left, a woman answered. The clerk asked her if he had reached Bayly's Septic Service.

"No," the woman answered, "but you're the third person who's called. How much did he get you for? The last caller lost $40."

The investigation by Eastern District officers will continue, police said.

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