Reporting Deputy: Sergeant David Marshall
File # PE222860063
Recently, deputies from the Perris Station, have fielded numerous complaints from community members about subjects using signs to solicit money at the intersection of Perris Boulevard and Nuevo Road in the city of Perris. These subjects had either been soliciting money for a sick child or to help with funeral expenses for a loved one.
On October 13, 2022, the Perris Station Problem Oriented Policing Team responded to that intersection and conducted an investigation in regards to subjects soliciting money for a funeral, standing in the center median, and running into traffic. During the investigation, it was determined the deceased individual listed on the sign was fictitious, and there was no funeral at all. Three juveniles, ages 17, 14, and 13, were detained for soliciting and theft by false pretenses, and later released. The sign used, as well as the money collected by the subjects, were seized.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department discourages residents from donating money to anyone with a homemade sign seeking money because, in most instances, it is a scam. If anyone sees a solicitor with a sign, they are encouraged to report it to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department or their local police department.
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