Cheektowaga police officials today issued an area-wide warning about alleged scam artists like the Buffalo man they arrested April 19 for alleged using car trouble problems to coax money out of good-hearted victims.
Brian Davis, 51, of Bailey Avenue was arrested at the Tops Supermarket in the Thruway Plaza by Cheektowaga Police Officer Jacob Wodowski April 19 after he had allegedly swindled two younger men out $23.50 to repair and get gas for an allegedly disabled car that police later confirmed does not exist.
Before being arrested that day on two counts of scheme to defraud Davis first approached a 30-year-old man in the plaza who he convinced to drive him to his supposedly disabled vehicle, begging the man for money for car repairs. Before the man let Davis out of his car he had given him $20.
Later that day at the Wal-Mart store in the Thruway Plaza Davis allegedly could only get a 26-year old man to give him $3.50 with the same scam, according the Cheektowaga Police Capt. James Speyer.
Davis, now facing trial on the Cheektowaga arrest, is well known to area police agencies for pulling off similar scams in recent years, Speyer and other Cheektowaga police officials said. Speyer urged the public to be wary of strangers who approach them with car problems and then, like the two victims of the April 19 scams, ask to be driven around while they plead for money to help them get their alleged vehicles fixed.