|The bad guy|
The Clinton Police Department would like to alert the public to a potential con artist wanted for a recent scam that could lead to larceny charges for the suspect. According to Detectives with the Clinton Police Department, complainants have reported on three separate occasions that Kendrick Barrell Wells of Richland, MS., has perpetuated a scam against Clinton residents.
Posing as a Veteran, Wells tells the victim that his car has been towed and he needs a ride to retrieve it. Wells then tells the victim that he needs money to get his car out of impound, because his wallet was in his vehicle when it was towed. Wells states that he will give the money back once he gets to his car and retrieves his wallet.
At this point the victim usually proceeds to the bank to retrieve funds to loan wells. Upon leaving the bank, Wells takes the victim to a location where he tells them to wait while he retrieves his wallet. At this time Wells absconds with the money and does not return to repay the victim.
Wells has been able to con as much as $160 out of each victim. Clinton Police are familiar with Wells, having dealt with him on a similar situation in 2015. CPD requests residents who suspect that they may have been a victim of Wells or a similar scam, to report the matter to Law Enforcement or the Clinton Police Department at (601) 924-5252.
Wells is described as a 32 year old black male standing 5’9” tall. Wells last known address was Richland, MS. CPD encourages residents to be extra vigilant when providing rides and/or loaning money to strangers.