POLICE: Man uses ‘dead mom’ to commit crime

Posted at 8:47 AM, Sep 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-23 08:56:15-04

GRAFTON, Va. (WTVR) – Investigators are looking for a man accused of using his “dead mother” to rip off a Virginia grocery store. York County Lt. Dennis Ivey said the man called the Food Lion at Washington Square shopping center earlier this month with a request.

“He called the manager around 9 a.m., identified himself as the Fire Chief from a nearby city and told them that he had purchased several cans of Ensure protein supplement for his elderly mother who recently passed away and wanted to know if he could return them without a receipt,” Lt. Ivey wrote in a media advisory. “The manager stated he could return the items as long as they were not expired. Later that afternoon, the male refunded the items and they were returned to the shelf.”

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Ivery said the manager later reviewed store surveillance footage and saw the suspect enter the store with an empty shopping cart at 1:15 p.m. and return the items in question five minutes later.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1.888.LOCK.U.UP.