Teen con artist strikes again

2016-04-12 06:00
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THE Upper Highway community are once again urged to think twice before letting anyone into their homes and their hearts as the teen “con artist” is back prowling the streets.

According to Hillcrest SAPS CPF spokesperson Steven King, a 16-year-old girl either walks around in her school uniform or normal clothing and plays on people’s emotions.

He said that she has been charged on numerous occasions but is then released into the care of her aunt or brother.

“Her modus operandi is to play on the heart strings of her victims by telling them how her parents have died leaving her orphaned. She also claims to have been raped and abused,” said King.

“She walks around the neighbourhood streets ringing doorbells and begs her way into people’s homes. When she leaves she normally leaves with either a wallet or a cellphone. She also likes to hitchhike and when given a lift the people soon realise that she has ripped them off.”

King said that she has now acquired the nick name "school girl ".

He urged those that have had dealings with her and fell victim to her to please contact him urgently so he can get her charged with as many cases as possible.

He said that she was picked her up last Friday and handed over to SAPS who charged her with theft. “We need to get this con artist off the streets and either get her rehabilitated or find a way to keep her safe,” King said.

“We also need to investigate this case further as there may be more to the story.”

To contact King with more information call him on 082 920 5799 or email at sacomcrimewatch@gmail.com.

Her modus operandi is to play on the heart strings of her victims by telling them how her parents have died leaving her orphaned.

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