Bradenton PD: Two men are selling fake cruise packages - WFLA News Channel 8

Bradenton PD: Two men are selling fake cruise packages

Posted: Updated:
Police say the criminals have been targeting businesses along Manatee Avenue. Police say the criminals have been targeting businesses along Manatee Avenue.
One business they tried to hit was the Ringling Bicycle Shop. The store manager thought they were suspicious and declined their offer. One business they tried to hit was the Ringling Bicycle Shop. The store manager thought they were suspicious and declined their offer.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

Bradenton police are sending out a warning about two men trying to sell fake cruise packages.  Officers say over the past few months, two men have been duping local businesses throughout the area.

Police say these guys use their actual names and they know what it takes to appear legitimate.  A couple of months ago, two young men walked inside the Ringling bicycle shop in Bradenton.  Store manager Richard Herring says they weren't browsing the bikes, instead they were peddling some products.

Herring said, "They seemed like used car salesmen."  25-year-old Dale Lucas and 22-year-old Todd Kelley tried to sell some amazing deals on cruise packages, but their efforts here failed.  Herring said, "It seemed a bit shady but I don't like cruises anyway so it's a moot point."

Good thing he turned it down, because police say these guys are criminals and they've duped at least 20 businesses already.  Bradenton Police Detective Troy Masterson said, "They're good at what they do. And unfortunately what they do is fraudulent and wrong and criminal."

Masterson says the men are experienced salesmen.  They dress professionally, carry documents and even claim to work for legitimate companies.  "They know how to talk to people," said Masterson.

But police say it's all fake. Over the past couple of months they've hit up businesses along Manatee Avenue in Bradenton, collected money, then vanished.  Police say these guys are still at it and they're not only targeting Bradenton. We're told they're also working the scam down in Sarasota.

Herring is thankful he didn't fall for it.  "They're scumbags," said Herring.  But he's not surprised they've been successful.  Herring said, "They did have some sales tactics that I could see where they would be effective."

So police hope to shut down this fake business.  Police warn to be very careful about these kinds of sales tactics and make sure you do a little research before you hand them your money.

If you have any information on this case, call Bradenton Police Detective Troy Masterson at 941-932-9300 Ext. 373

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:15:46 GMT
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hiill family

    Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hiill family

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:57:09 GMT
    Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition

    Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:41:28 GMT
    Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.
    The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power.
    The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.