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Alert Issued For Parking Lot Scam At Area Supermarket

Stop & Shop in Hyde Park
Stop & Shop in Hyde Park Photo Credit: Google Maps

Police are warning area residents to be cautious as a couple recently took to scamming customers at a local grocery store.

A post on the “Hyde Park, NY: Then and Now” Facebook page that has since gone viral, warns of a bi-racial couple that had allegedly been robbing customers at Stop & Shop after soliciting a ride.

The post states that “most commonly they will state they need a ride to a gas station to pick up their car, use intimidation to force the victim to take them to multiple locations, and (again using aggressiveness and intimidation) force the victim to give them money.

“They appear to be preying on young people specifically, utilizing their age as an authoritative intimidating angle along with aggressiveness once in the vehicle.”

According to the post, customers were approached both inside and outside the grocery store.

The poster described the two suspects as around the age of 60. One of the suspects is an African American between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8 wearing a black puffy jacket and a black beanie. The other suspect was described as a blonde, white woman with straight hair, approximately 140 pounds wearing a dark blue jean colored hoodie and red coat with fur trim.

In response, the Town of Hyde Park Police Department responded, saying they are aware of the complaint and have received multiple reports of similar incidents.

“The couple has been identified. Our best advice is to never give anyone a ride that you don’t know. Never let strangers into your vehicle for any reason whatsoever.

"If you are a victim of a crime relating to this couple please call our main line at 845-229-9340. We are working with other agencies who received similar complaints in the surrounding towns. As we all know there are many scams going around and you should always be aware of your surroundings.”

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