Purdy Chief of Police Jackie Lowe is warning area residents of a scam that is taking place in Barry County targeting elderly residents.
Lowe reported that a band of transients staying in the Sarcoxie area are traveling to Lawrence and Barry counties and offering to patch the roofs or driveways of elderly homeowners. While two of the suspects keep the homeowner occupied, the third goes into the home and searches for valuables.
The matter came to Lowe's attention when an elderly Purdy resident reported that she had been approached in this manner. When she returned inside her home, she told Lowe that her cabinets had been rifled through and her purse stolen.
A Monett bank later cashed a check on the victim's account for a significant amount of money.
"We feel that these transients are dangerous," Lowe said. "We believe they have victimized several elderly residents in the Barry County area."
Lowe and other law enforcement officials are working together to investigate similar incidents occurring in Jasper and Lawrence counties as well.
"We want to let the elderly citizens of our county know that this is going on," Lowe said. "They need to take steps to protect themselves and not let any strangers into their homes."
The investigation into this matter is still ongoing, although charges are expected to be filed soon.
Anyone having information on the matter is asked to call the Purdy Police Department at 417-442-7429 or the Barry County Sheriff's Department at 847-4911.