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Man Charged in Theft from Elderly

October 05, 2005 00:00


On October 5, 2005, at 3:00 am, East Precinct officers arrested 46-year-old Lawrence Tyrone McKinney on two counts of Theft in the Third Degree and a post prison violation warrant in connection with a fraudulent scam targeting elderly victims. McKinney was arrested in the 6000 block of Northeast Thompson Street after receiving several calls from neighbors on a “suspicious” person knocking on doors.

McKinney, using a bicycle as transportation, knocks on doors in residential neighborhoods claiming to be their Oregonian newspaper delivery person. McKinney tells the homeowner that his vehicle broke down or that he locked his keys in the car and needs money. If allowed into the home, McKinney will ask to use the bathroom or use some other means to distract the victim while he steals their wallet. McKinney has targeted northeast and east Portland neighborhoods, in the late evening or early morning hours and usually preys on the elderly.

East Precinct Detectives have initiated an investigation and are concerned that there may be more victims of this scheme who have not reported it to police. If anyone has been a victim of McKinney’s or has any information in this investigation, they are asked to call East Precinct Detectives (503) 823-4802.

Portland Police want to remind citizens to use caution when an unknown person wants to enter their home. Always ask for identification from people who claim to be representing a business, organization, or utility.


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