Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 18, 2013

Tazewell Sheriff’s Office warns of people trying to find homes with pain medication

Associated Press

TAZEWELL, Va. — Investigators with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office are warning the public to be aware of individuals asking about which households have people who are taking pain medications.

The sheriff’s office has had complaints from people in the Baptist Valley, Richlands and Claypool Hill areas, said Major Harold Heatley.

“It’s a male and a female driving a small white car,” Heatley said. “They’re saying they’re with the Appalachian Agency for Seniors Citizens. And what they’re doing is that they’re going up to and knocking on random doors, and asking, ‘Do you know of any seniors in the area who are in need of assistance and taking pain medication?’”

The individuals do not have any affiliation with the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Heatley said.

“What we believe they’re trying to do is find seniors with medication to either break into their homes and rob them,” he said.

Anyone with information about these individuals can call the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office and speak with Sgt. Mike Brown at 276-988-0902.