Collinsville police warn of man using 8-year-old to scam people - KMOV.com

Collinsville police warn of man using 8-year-old to scam people

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Collinsville police are searching for a man who has allegedly been using a young child to carry out a scam.

Jakob Bottoms, 31, allegedly goes door to door with an 8-year-old boy who wears a boy scout uniform, and takes cash and checks from people promising to deliver popcorn later. Bottoms allegedly told people he was raising money for the Boy Scouts, only to pocket the money himself.

Police said eight victims have come forward, claiming they gave him a few hundred dollars.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call police.

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