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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police are looking for a man they say stole a woman's purse as she tried to help him. It happened on the 3000 block of Corydon near Secor Road.

"He came up and asked for gasoline, when she said she didn't have gasoline he asked for water," said Toledo Police Sergeant Joe Heffernan.

Police say as the woman went to get him some water, the man grabbed some of her things and ran off.

Police say this type of ploy, where a suspect uses a ruse to get inside your home, is fairly common.

"A lot of times it involves some type of home repair, or some person saying they're in need. They're going to try to convince you to let them in your house," said Heffernan.

Police say these scams will likely increase with the temperature. If you see anyone going door to door asking for help, police say you should call 911.

In this case, the victim tells police someone tried to buy more than $500 worth of stuff using her debit card.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestopper at 419-255-1111.

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