12 OYS: 82 year-old swindled after answering front door, police say

News 12 at 6 o'clock / May 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) --The next time someone comes knocking at your front door, you may think twice about opening up.

An elderly man did open his door and not only did he get swindled out of cash, but police said this senior got taken for quite a ride.

Too afraid to recount his experience, his daughter Kimberly Bruce spoke with News 12 instead.

It was a terrifying 30 minutes.

"I didn't know if he was going to get hurt. It's just scary," said Kimberly Bruce.

She said she even wondered if she would ever see her father alive again. It all began on Monday after a woman knocked on her elderly parents front door asking for help.

"We're moving into the house down the street and I'm locked out and my mom's the only one that has the key," Bruce said.

Bruce said her 82 year-old father believed the woman's story.

"I've got to get to Walmart because my mom works at Walmart, and she's the only one with a key," Bruce said.

She said her dad drove the stranger to the Walmart in North Augusta.

"She said 'I need to get some diapers. Can you loan me some money?'," Bruce said.

She said her dad forked over $50, but said the woman came out of the store empty-handed. Bruce said her dad's terrifying drive was only half over.

"By now North Augusta Police had an All-Points Bulletin out to pull him over if you see his Nissan truck," Bruce said.

According to the incident report Bruce filed, before it was all over, her father took the woman to an apartment complex on Bradleyville Road, and then back to his own home where it all started. "She asked if she could hang out on the porch for her ride," said Kimberly Bruce.

Police said when they arrived at the house they tried to chase the woman down but she got away. Bruce said she and her elderly parents

now realize things could have ended much worse. "This ended up not a tragedy, but the next time it might not work out this way," Bruce said.

Safety experts say before opening your door to a stranger, you should look out a window first. They also suggest simply ignoring the knock and even recommend arming yourself before opening a door.


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