Taylor police warn of man going door-to-door posing as Wayne County employee

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 19:26:07-04

Taylor Police have a warning for people in the downriver-area after someone was spotted posing as a Wayne County employee asking for money.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi says it appears no crime was committed, but she wants to make sure it stays that way.

Surveillance images were posted to a crime alert Facebook page saying a man was going door-to-door in Taylor asking for money to paint curb addresses.

The man is seen wearing a bright yellow shirt that reads "Wayne County Roads."

"That individual according to the information we have found is trying to represent himself as a Wayne County worker, wearing a Wayne County shirt,” explains the chief. "This is not legitimate."

Chief Sclabassi says the county will never send employees to your home to collect money.

"Please do not fall for these tricks.”

The Facebook warning says the man was riding a bicycle on Syracuse St. near I-94 and Telegraph.

The chief says on top of falsely representing who he is, he is likely not carrying the necessary paperwork.

"You would need a permit to go door-to-door if you're offering some type of service like that."

She says while there is no crime in offering to paint curb addresses this man appears to be pretending to be someone he's not and that raises red flags.

"Be very suspicious, be wary, always ask for ID and check the ID. And if you're the least bit suspicious do not participate."

She reminds you, if you ever open your door to a stranger, to always act with caution.