Suspect Wanted For Defrauding Elderly Couple At Roadside Produce Stand

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance images of a man wanted for defrauding a couple in their 70s at a roadside produce stand they were operating.

Around 8:40am Wednesday, a man stopped at the Barn Yard Fruit Stand on Highway 70 in Princeton and asked to buy a watermelon. He paid for the watermelon with a counterfeit $100 bill and received change.

As the suspect was leaving in his Mercedes,  the victim realized the $100 bill was fake and approached the car and asked for another form of payment. The suspect snatched the fake money from the victim’s hands and sped away on Highway 70 towards Smithfield.

Deputies are asking for help identifying the suspect. If you know who this is you are asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers may remain anonymous.