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Police searching for man who scammed Morris County resident out of nearly $10K with ‘grandparent scam’

MORRIS PLAINS BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris Plains Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man responsible for a grandparent’s scam where the suspect received $9,850 cash from the victim and displayed a firearm.

On Friday, October 21, at around 5:15 p.m., an unknown man called the victim pretending to be a New York Prosecutor and advised her that her grandson was in a car accident with a pregnant woman and needed $9,850 cash for bail money, authorities said.

The suspect advised the victim to meet him at Morris Plains Municipal Building with the cash and is believed to have followed her, as he gave directions over the phone several times when the victim made wrong turns, authorities said.

The suspect changed the location at the last minute and met the victim in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, located at 401 Speedwell Avenue, in Morris Plains, where he took the money and displayed a firearm that he was wearing on the inside of his jacket, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact The Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at, 973-COP-CALL or use the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device.

No one will ask your name and you could receive a reward up to $1,000.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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