Beware of Panhandling Scams
On 08/07/2012 at about 2:30 pm. Hemet Police Officers responded to a call of an aggressive panhandler in the 1800 block of E. Florida Ave. The reporting party owns a business in the area and advised the male suspect asks customers and potential customers for money on a daily basis.
Responding officers contacted the suspect – Grant Teel, 28 year old Hemet resident, and ultimately arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia and for aggressive panhandling. Teel bragged to the officers that he is “the biggest hustler in Hemet when it comes to panhandling.” Teel has been arrested by Hemet Police officers numerous times, this year alone.
Teel was transported to the Riverside County Jail for possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued a citation for panhandling.
Although Teel is a more extreme example, the Hemet Police Department would like to remind people that most people asking for money are making up stories in an attempt to take advantage of people’s good nature. In most cases, giving them money only encourages them to remain in the area and to continue their efforts. The Hemet Police Department would also like to remind you to call us at (951)765-2400 if you are approached by an aggressive panhandler or if you see any other suspicious activity or crime.