Police seek help in scam

Published 10:55 pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

Suffolk police are seeking help finding a suspect in a recent string of scams that have cost local citizens thousands of dollars.

Frank Small, 47, of Suffolk, is wanted on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to a press release from city spokeswoman Diana Klink.



Police say suspects including Frank Small have been approaching residences with dirt or gravel driveways in need of repair and, unsolicited, offering to deliver small amounts of gravel “left over from a recent job in the area.”


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Once a citizen agrees to the receipt of the excess gravel, a much larger amount is delivered, and a substantially higher amount of money is demanded.

The suspects may also have approached several citizens who have denied the services, according to the press release.

Authorities are asking those citizens who have experienced this scenario, or may have information regarding these subjects, to contact the Suffolk Police Department.

Detective J. Lurie is the lead investigator and can be reached at 514-7933.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text the keyword SPDVATIP and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Tipsters never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.