Police warn of scheme

Rebecca Martinez-Reed

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A Warren woman is facing felony charges after she went door-to-door asking Vienna residents if they wanted their driveway paved, then stealing cash from a 70-year-old resident who hired the woman.

Rebecca K. Martinez-Reed, 45, of Kenilworth St. N.E., was charged Monday in Girard Municipal Court with second-degree felony burglary and fifth-degree felony theft. She was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.

Bond was set at $22,500 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday.

Police said Reed went door-to-door asking residents if they needed their driveway paved. The elderly Youngstown-Kingsville Road S.E. woman hired Martinez-Reed for $600.

Martinez-Reed returned with a man who police are still searching for who distracted the homeowner while Martinez-Reed went missing.

“I kept looking back,” the woman said. “Where is she? Where is she? I see her come out my breezeway door. He says well she was checking out your garage. I said ‘My garage doesn’t have asphalt in there.”

The woman said she then noticed $200 was missing and another $170 was missing from her purse.

The woman said she confronted Martinez-Reed, who got in her car, then gave the woman $200 out of her car window.

“I prayed to God let me run into this woman again,” the woman said. “Let the police get her. Well my prayers were answered because she knocked on my door at 7:15 a.m. and I said ‘Oh this is good.’ I called 911.”

Reports say the next day Martinez-Reed returned to the woman’s house, apologized and gave her a bracelet. The woman called police.

Martinez-Reed told officers she stole the money and gave some back. She said she returned because “she felt bad,” reports said.

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