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Woman Accused of Using Outrageous Story to Panhandle in Dunwoody

Dunwoody Police say a woman was telling would-be donators her son was killed in a car accident, except they talked to him.

Dunwoody Police reported the arrest Monday of a 50-year-old woman near the Shops of Dunwoody for suspicion of panhandling and using a story that didn't pan out.

A concerned resident tipped police that the woman was soliciting money from people going in-and-out of the shops in Dunwoody Village on Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

Her pitch: that her 27-year-old child had been killed in a car accident recently and she needed money and help because of her tragic loss.

The gig was soon up, say police. Officers called her son - supposedly deceased - who said he was doing alright.

This isn't the first run-in Dunwoody Police have had with the woman, police say. She was warned a few years ago by Dunwoody PD for begging and soliciting, they said.

Nancy November 01, 2012 at 12:40 AM
She came running up to me in the parking lot of the Shoppes of Dunwoody saying her son had been killed. My only thought was to help her because I believed her at first. I couldn't imagine anyone saying their child had been killed if it weren't true. I had come out of Wrights Gourmet Sandwich Shop after eating lunch. I had no cash on me, but told her I'd give her a ride or better yet I would call the police as they would know how to help. She wanted the ride, but was mumbling a lot of things that I didn't understand and was waving a piece of paper. I figured she was in shock. She said she needed money for a bus to Canton which is when I started to get suspicious. She went into Wrights and I know she got $25. from some very nice ladies at one table, and wanted to get more. At this point, I was doubting her and asked one lady if she thought it was legit. One of the employees or the owner threw her out and asked if I was with her--think he was about to throw me out, too. I stepped out in the parking lot just as a patrol car was passing and flagged him down. He told me they'd take it from there and led her to the car saying he'd help her. Glad to know that she got caught and hope they took the money from her and returned it to the ladies. Thank you Dunwoody's finest.
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