Arundel police arrest suspect in scams against elder residents

  • Robert Warren Bayly Jr.
Robert Warren Bayly Jr. (Anne Arundel County Police…)
September 12, 2014|Staff Reports | The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a Severn man and charged him with theft in connection with cases in which a man allegedly scammed senior citizens out of hundreds of dollars.

Police said that dating back to September 2013, detectives have investigated nine cases in which a man approached elderly citizens in public areas — typically near handicap parking spaces in shopping centers in Glen Burnie and Annapolis — and told them he locked himself out of his vehicle, leaving his wallet inside.

The man then has asked the victim for a loan of money, sometimes involving the victim driving to a bank to give him money to get a new key made. Police said after giving the man money, the victims never hear from him again. Hundreds of dollars in cash have been taken during these incidents, police said.

Police said they identified a suspect early this month and conducted interviews regarding the cases. As a result, Robert Warren Bayly Jr., 58, of Severn, was arrested and charged with nine counts of theft under $1,000.

Police warned residents to be wary of people in public parking lots offering tales of broken down vehicles or needing assistance to get out of town for an urgent issue.

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