Police investigate home-invasion robbery schemes

Suspect poses as a Baltimore tax collector

August 19, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police said Sunday morning that they were continuing to investigate several home invasion robbery schemes committed against senior citizens in the city's Greektown and Locust Point areas.

Victims have received calls from a person posing as a Baltimore tax collector who alleges that the victims' property taxes have not been paid or are overdue, police said. The caller then says that if the money is not paid immediately, the victims will be evicted from their homes by law enforcement, police said.

Police added that in some cases, shortly after the calls were received, victims have reported that a white male — described as 5'6" to 5'8" and 25 to 35 years old, with a stocky build and a short crew cut — arrives at their home to "collect" the so-called tax money. This suspect has been able to gain entry to homes by force and has assaulted victims before fleeing with money, police said.

Detectives have spoken to the city Department of Finance's Bureau of Revenue Collections, which says it is not the agency's policy to contact citizens via phone regarding property tax collection, police said.

Police ask anyone who has received such calls to immediately contact the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2400.

Anyone with information regarding this type of scheme or the identity of the suspect is also urged to contact the police.

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