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Parma man arrested for preying on elderly by completing unsolicited work on cars

Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 17:20:17-05

PARMA, Ohio — Parma police are searching for victims after a 21-year-old man was arrested for completing unsolicited body works on the cars of unsuspecting elderly victims at shopping centers.

Police said on Nov. 6, Gino Miller was arrested and charged with extorting $13,000 from a 63-year-old disabled Parma man by performing unsolicited body work on his vehicle.

Miller is accused of preying on elderly people in the parking lots near two Marc's stories in Parma, according to police.

Police said several elderly victims have reported that a man matching Miller's description approached them either claiming they struck his vehicle while parking or by pointing out scratches to them that he most likely put on his vehicle.

According to police, he then claims he works at an auto body shop for whatever dealership matches the make or their vehicle and can rub out or fix the scratch on site.

Miller then works on the vehicle, usually without permission, and removes the scratches while demanding money by intimidating the victim, according to police.

Police said in some cases, Miller would follow the victims to the bank or to their house to get the money.

If anyone has had a similar encounter with this man, call Detective Joe Duganier at 440-887-7337.