CHP Seeks Public Assistance With Investigation

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Dispatch Centers have received several 911 calls since mid-November 2018 of suspicious people posing as disabled motorists in order to receive money from passing motorists. The vehicles have been described as dark colored SUV’s, many of which have out of state license plates. If motorists don’t stop, a male jumps in front of the vehicle. They advise they want to sell gold jewelry for money to get home, to feed their family, or for fuel for their vehicle. The suspects have also asked for motorists to go to an ATM to get cash for them, when victims refuse, the subjects were reported to be aggressive and some people have been chased. The reports have come in from many cities and freeways throughout the Central Valley.

The CHP is currently conducting an investigation into these reports, and is seeking the assistance of the public. If you have been contacted by subjects matching the description, or you have purchased jewelry from the subject in exchange for cash or fuel, please contact the CHP at
(559) 262-0400.

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