WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Police want you to be aware about a linoleum scam going around West Columbia.
Police say 27-year-old Huey David McGuire from North Augusta is a scam artist who targets elderly people at their homes in West Columbia.
"I feel he needs to go in jail and he needs to sit there 'til he rots," says scam victim Charlotte Kennedy.
"I'd love to get a hold of their neck and choke them is how I feel," says victim Clara Meetze.
First Kennedy, then Meetze, two West Columbia women police say were scammed by Huey David McGuire and other men.
Police say in December 2007, McGuire and another man greeted Charlotte in her front yard and asked her if she wanted to buy some linoleum tile. When she said no, Charlotte says the men got rough.
"Pushed me from the back into the house. And then he opened the door and then go on in and then he put me right cross the room and said you sit in this chair," says Kennedy. "He said I'm a good fella, he said I got a girlfriend and we plan to get married. I said I don't want to hear about that, I want you to get out."
Charlotte says for ten minutes, the two men did a demonstration with their linoleum in front of her, and then finally left.
Later that night charlotte opened her dresser drawer.
"Everything was turned upside down in my drawer," says Charlotte. "I said my God, that's when it hit me I'd been robbed."
Police believe while the two men were showing her the linoleum, a third man snuck into her bedroom and stole nearly $40,000.
"I had worked for that money for 36 years," she says.
In early January, police say two men hit Clara Meetze's house.
"This don't make sense, you're unrolling this linoleum. I'm not interested in linoleum," says Meetze.
Police say Meetze had $490 stolen from her house.
They are just two of several West Columbians hit with the same scam over the last 14 months.
Police say the men typically get in by claiming they're a former paper boy or that they want to talk antiques.
Police believe if they can catch McGuire, they can catch the others. If you see him, call 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Reported by Jordan Sandler