ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police are warning businesses about a man they said is collecting money for a fake charity to benefit officers killed in the line of duty.
Jerry Cardozo owns organic pet food store, Paws-ibilities, in downtown Roswell. He told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik a man came in Thursday soliciting money for a charity.
“He came in and said he was trying to help the Roswell Police Department in conjunction with fallen officers and families, and things of that nature,” said Cardozo.
Cardozo said the man told him he could spend $200 to $300 to advertise in a magazine and that proceeds would go to those families.
“When I said if you want to give me the information I’ll be happy to look at it and send a check in, that’s when he said it’s a one-time deal, which kind of surprised me,” he said.
Cardozo said he wouldn’t give the man cash and the man abruptly left the store.
Police told Petchenik the city of Roswell hasn’t had an officer killed in the line of duty since 1980.
“We don’t go into stores asking for money,” said Roswell officer Lisa Holland. “We don’t receive money from people for any such thing.”
Holland said police hope other businesses don’t fall for the ruse.
“He may be collecting money from other various locations and people aren’t red flagged about it yet,” she said.
Cardozo told Petchenik he thinks it’s wrong for someone to tug at heart strings for a bogus cause.
“It’s sad that people go after people that have good intentions and take their money like that,” he said.