Police warn of scam where person asks to use phone


According to Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department a local resident had their wallet stolen when a stranger asked to use their house phone.

Sunday evening TAPD responded to a complaint where a citizen was asked by a stranger to use a house phone. In an effort to aid this person, this citizen left her front porch and reentered her home to get her phone. While doing so, this stranger followed the woman into her home and made her way into the kitchen area asking for water. The stranger then left in an undescribed vehicle with someone else.

According to police, following the stranger’s departure, the citizen found that her wallet had been stolen form her purse, and cash taken from another location inside her home.

Police say that although this citizen didn’t invite the stranger into her home, she wasn’t comfortable enough to force her away.

This incident is classified as a residential burglary, a class “B” felony. The suspect in this case is described by the victim as a black female, wearing a green and white sports jersey with black yoga pants, 5’5″-5’7″, about 170-190 pounds, medium complexion and wearing a “beanie” style hat.

Police encourage everyone to not allow unknown people inside their home and if anyone refuses to leave when asked, to call 911 immediately.

As with any other crime, if you have any information on this case please contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at (903) 798-3154.

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