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Residents warned about man claiming to be a preacher, asking for money

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Residents warned about man claiming to be a preacher, asking for money (WFSB) Residents warned about man claiming to be a preacher, asking for money (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Waterbury police are asking residents to contact them if they are approached by a man claiming to be an area preacher.

Eyewitness News was told that a well-spoken, middle-aged man has been driving through neighborhoods, asking for money for gas, but police said he could be looking for more than just money.

People have reported seeing him do this similar routine up-and-down streets daily, in a white Nissan Rogue, often offering up a wallet for collateral, and explaining to people that he’s a local preacher.

"It makes me nervous because I feel bad saying no to people,” said Jenny Acebedo, of Waterbury.

Jim Simpson, of Waterbury, said he is no stranger to panhandlers in his city

"It’s kind of scary because you see them, they're all over the place,” Simpson said. "There are people that really need money but then people like that, they’re just taking advantage."

The Waterbury Neighborhood Council president issued the warning to residents living in the Burnt Hill area, Arlington section of the city, and Overlook Street.

Police said anyone who sees the suspect, do not approach him because he may be attempting to lure people out of their vehicles.

“I'm very gullible, so if someone tells me a sad story and I have the money, I usually give it to them because I feel bad,” Acebedo said.

Police said anyone who sees the man should copy his license place and contact them with the information.

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