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Examiner
  • Blue Springs nab 'Raytown Romeo'

  • A Kansas City man was charged with forgery after he reportedly deceived a Blue Springs woman by getting her to deposit a false check into her bank account.

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  • A Kansas City man was charged with forgery after he reportedly deceived a Blue Springs woman by getting her to deposit a false check into her bank account.
    And now police want additional victims to come forward.
    Prosecutors have charged Ryan S. Blevins, 34, with felony forgery on Tuesday. A bond of $50,000 cash only was set.
    A 38-year-old Blue Springs woman told police she had been dating Blevins for a while when he told her one day that he was having car problems. Telling her that he had no checking account to deposit a $900 check, he instead convinced her to deposit the check into her own account.
    The woman did so, gave him the money and he disappeared. The check came back from a clearing house as a closed account. The victim was then debited the $900, according to police.
    According to Blue Springs police, there have been many Kansas City area females who were the target of a series of criminal thefts and fraudulent activities by Blevins.
    In 2003, Blevins was placed on probation for swindling 22 women out of approximately $90,000. For his actions, he is referred to as “Raytown Romeo.”
    Troy Pharr, spokesperson for the Blue Springs Police Department, said Blevins has used a variety of schemes to steal money.
    “But the main intent is for the victim to withdraw money from a bank account and give it to Mr. Blevins,” Pharr said, adding that over the weekend the department received five calls from possible victims.
    “We know there are still more out there,” Pharr said.
    Police Chief Wayne McCoy encourages those who may have been victimized by Blevins’ crimes to come forward.
    “It is quite apparent that Mr. Blevins has many victims out there that may be embarrassed, or afraid to come forward and admit that they were a victim on Mr. Blevins’ charm,” McCoy said in a statement. 
    “We are asking that if you have given Mr. Blevins any money or even if he approached you and attempted to get money from you, to come forward and make a police report. By speaking up, you can help others from becoming victim to similar crimes.”
    To file a police report, contact your local police department or contact Detective Kelly Caster of the Blue Springs Police Department at 816-655-0350.
     

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