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Grandson Takes Advantage of Grandmother’s Trust

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- She says her grandson told her he just needed to borrow a car and a couple of dollars to get to and from work. Instead, the 29-year-old charged more than $1,000 worth of items on her credit cards and sold her 2007 Camry.

The 87-year-old made it clear she loves her grandson, and police say it's a story they hear too often.

"Anytime you have a grandson trying to scam money out of their grandparent, it really makes your scratch your head and wonder what the motive for that is," said Murfreesboro Police spokesperson Kyle Evans.

When a senior's trust is abused by a family member, Evans says it is hard to prevent. The Murfreesboro Police Department and the Council on Aging say many of these cases or crimes are rarely reported because the seniors often fear if they tell someone what happened, people will think they are no longer able to care for themselves.

Police said 29-year-old Joshua Hearnsberger told his 87-year-old grandmother he needed her car and money for gas. She let him borrow her 2007 Toyota Camry and two credit cards.  She later found out $1,300 was charged to those cards, and someone else was driving her car.

Police say Hearnsberger sold that car for just $30, and on Tuesday, he was arrested. While it's hard to warn seniors about family members there are some helpful tips.

"They should have someone who helps them, maybe a son, friend or care taker, someone that doesn't have access to (their money), but can help guide them along their financial planning to make sure someone is not taking advantage of them," said Evans.

The grandmother said Hearnsberger got the title to the car because he told her it was towed, and he needed the title to get it back.

Police say the person who purchased the car for $30 will not face charges.


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