Boardman cops seek ‘con artist’

The suspect was convicted of similar crimes earlier this year.


BOARDMAN — Boardman police have a warrant for a man a detective describes as “a con artist” who is knocking on older people’s doors and asking for money.

Struthers police also are looking for the suspect, Steven E. Kuhn Jr., 41, who is charged with theft by deception. He has no known address.

Police are reporting that he is with a friend named Carrie Chalfant, 34. She also is wanted for failing to appear in court on traffic cases, said Boardman Police Detective Greg Stepuk.

They are traveling in a dark green 1995 Volvo station wagon that was taken from an acquaintance of theirs in Ashtabula, said Stepuk.

The man who is knocking on doors has not been violent so far. In one case Friday morning on Youngstown-Poland Road in Boardman, Stepuk said, he started toward a woman who refused to give him money. She shut the door.

Police said the man asks homeowners for $20 or $30 for gas money or because he’s having car trouble.

If someone gives him $20, he asks for more, Stepuk said.

So far this month in Boardman, police say he got $30 off a man in his 80s on Tippecanoe Road; $30 off a 59-year-old Glenwood Avenue man; $40 off an 86-year-old Reta Lane woman; and $20 from a Woodlawn Avenue couple in their 80s.

In Lowellville, police Chief William Vance confirmed that there have been “one or two reports” of a man knocking on an elderly person’s door and asking for money in approximately the last three weeks.

Stepuk said he doesn’t know how the man figures out where older people live.

Stepuk said Kuhn took the Volvo in late July from an Ashtabula contractor who had given him work. One of the victims gave police the license plate number, and police traced the car back to its owner. Anyone who believes they’ve spotted the car should call Boardman police at (330) 726-4144.

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