Crime & Courts

Meat salesman accused of trying to con 87-year-old Kannapolis woman

Charles Jason Turner
Charles Jason Turner Kannapolis Police Department

A meat salesman is accused of trying to financially exploit an 87-year-old Kannapolis woman.

Police said Charles Jason Turner of Greensboro was going door to door for Capital Meats April 25 when he encountered an 87-year-old woman at her house on Centergrove Road and tried to sell her a large amount of frozen meat valued at $400.

The woman, who police said suffers from a diminished mental capacity, did not have enough money to pay for the meat. So Turner and another employee drove the woman in their company van to a Wells Fargo branch, police said.

Turner tried to get the woman to make a withdrawal from her bank account, but alert bank employees realized the woman was in no state of mind to understand what she was doing, police said. The bank employees alerted police.

After an extensive investigation, police obtained a warrant for Turner’s arrest on a charge of exploitation of an elder adult through a business relationship. Turner turned himself in at the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and was released on $250 bail.

Turner has been fired from Capital Meats, police said Tuesday.

“We take these types of cases very seriously and will not tolerate our elderly being harassed, pressured or exploited in any manner,” Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis said in a statement. “I am very pleased that my officers were able to track this individual down before he could target someone else.

“We want to remind all of our citizens to be wary of salesmen of any kind who approach you and try to pressure you or trick you into buying their product, make repairs to your home, or get you involved in something that sounds too good to be true,” Chavis said. “Always deal with reputable dealers and contractors, and always get a second opinion.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak