Youth cheerleading group warns Mainers about man claiming to be raising money for them
BUXTON (WGME) -- A local cheerleading group is putting families on alert about a man who claims to be raising money for them.
The parent teacher organization says Bonny Eagle Youth Cheering is getting reports of a pushy man, dressed like a veteran, deceiving families into giving them their bottles and cans.
People in the Buxton area say an older man has been going door-to-door collecting bottles and cans, claiming it's for his middle school granddaughter's cheerleading program. But a local PTO says there is no such fundraiser.
"It's kind of disgusting, if you look at it. I mean, he's taking away from the children,” Will Littlefield, resident, said.
Littlefield says a few weeks ago, a man pulled up in a pickup truck asking for his bottles and cans.
"He was an older guy, so I figured he was okay. He said 'I'm collecting. My granddaughter is a cheerleader in Buxton. I'm collecting bottles and cans,’” Littlefield said.
He says he gave him one bag, but the man asked for the other, so he gave him that one too.
On Tuesday, his wife read a social media post from a local PTO and realized they'd been duped.
"So the wife yesterday saw that posting and said, 'Oh my God. That's the guy who came here and got bottles,’” Littlefield said.
The Littlefields aren't the only victims.
Families throughout York County say the same man, in the same black pickup truck, has been using that same story to collect cans and bottles for the past three years.
Buxton Police say another alleged victim took a photo of the pickup the man was driving.
"It's despicable, really. I mean, he's driving a nicer vehicle than I got. I don't know why he's at my house trying to get bottles,” Littlefield said.
Buxton Police say they're investigating. They're asking anyone who has had contact with the man to give them a call.