Our SFPD is warning local businesses today about Alan Young, the Motown Bandit.
All the deets, and a brief vignette, below.
(BTW, are you there SFPD? It’s me, Margaret. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help when you post images for the public to see. A little Photoshopping can go a long way to improving the photos you release. Just saying. I mean, if your suspect really has an orange pumpkin nose, you should tell us about it, right? Otherwise, the shot you released today us actually better than your average photo, which isn’t saying much…)
“San Francisco Police Department is alerting the public about Alan Young who has been impersonating various Motown celebrities and then uses their status as a celebrity, to induce various “star-struck” business owners into wining and dining him, and providing hotel lodging and entertainment. Young often walks into a business and makes false promises to utilize whatever services the business owner offers or to buy whatever products they sell. Alan Young is also known to frequent hotel bars and restaurants looking for his marks. He engages strangers in conversations and then introduces himself as a celebrity.
Most recently, he entered an art gallery and introduced himself as Motown song writer Lamont Dozier. He feigned interest in purchasing various artworks valued at approximately $75,000.00 for his alleged home in Pasadena. He asked the art gallery employee to become his buyer’s agent. He then asked the employee to write up the sale and meet him with the invoice at the bar across the street.
The employee met with Young at the bar and also brought along one of the art gallery owners who searched for Lamont Dozier online and was able to determine that the man posing as Dozier (Alan Young) was not Dozier. There was no financial loss in this particular case.
Police are advising citizens to be aware of this scam artist to avoid becoming a victim. The suspect is very clever and is described as an African American male who is 57 years old, but appears much older. He is 5’9” approximately 185 lbs. receding graying hair and brown eyes.
Anyone coming in contact with this individual should call 9-1-1 immediately. Alan Young is also wanted for outstanding arrest warrants.
Anyone with questions may contact Inspector Yee of the San Francisco Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at 553-1521″