Police are looking into reports that a man dressed in a military uniform has been asking for donations to support veteran charities in front of local grocery stores, but one charity says it does not make such solicitations.
The veterans group is reminding residents to remain cautious of individuals soliciting donations in public places.
On Thursday,received a report from an eyewitness alleging that a man dressed in a military uniform was claiming to represent the Wounded Warrior Project and was soliciting donations in front of
Police scanner reports on May 16 also describe a similar incident.
When witnesses approached the man and inquired about his organization, he immediately left the scene, according to scanner reports.
Glendora Police are currently investigating the incident.
Leslie Coleman, public relations director for the Wounded Warrior Project, said the organization does not authorize representatives to solicit donations in front of public businesses.
“He is definitely not affiliated with our organization,” said Coleman. “Unfortunately, there are a number of individuals who say they [are] fundraising for charitable organizations, only to find out they are not proceeding in a scrupulous fashion.”
Coleman reminded residents to always exercise caution when donating to an organization and referred people to the organization’s website to make a contribution.
“We have many generous individuals who fundraise for us. I wouldn't want to dissuade people from donating to reputable organizations,” said Coleman. “But people need to make sure their money is going to the right place.”