published Monday, November 15th, 2010

Police impostor cons elderly woman out of $300

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A man posing as police, claiming to invest a bank robbery and missing people, conned an elderly woman out of $300 Saturday, Chattanooga Police said.

Corena Jones, 86, called Chattanooga Police at 12:09 p.m., after the man claiming to be an investigator had left her home at 2120 Citico Avenue, Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

"The suspect showed Jones photos of two people on a clipboard then asked to see the serial numbers on her money as part of his investigation," Weary said in a news release.

When the man finished, he handed Jones an envelope that contained napkins in it, to simulate the money he’d just taken, Weary said.

The imposter then left Jones’ home in a royal blue-colored Chevy, police said. The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, in between 45-50 years of age with short greying black hair, police said.

Jones said he was wearing a dark blue or black suit and displayed a badge on his left chest shirt pocket inside the jacket, according to the news release.

Property Crimes investigators are working on suspect leads in this case, Weary said.

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is a web producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily Times Free Press newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served ...

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