Authorities are once again searching for Eva Smith and warning others to be on the lookout.
The homeless woman was arrested in July after she flagged down vehicles several times asking for money for gas. Smith always promises the good samaritans that her father, who she claims works at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, will reward them for their kindness.
Smith was sentenced to three years probation.
Out of jail, the 44-year-old is back on the street with a similar story. Two reports have already been filed this year, the most recent one on Wednesday, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Sean Newsome. Authorities are aware of several other instances this year but reports were not filed.
Smith, who doesn’t own a car, has been stopping people asking for money for a locksmith to help get her keys out of her car.
She then uses the person’s cell phone to call her father, who authorities said has never worked for the sheriff’s office. In reality, Smith dials University Hospital’s phone number but quickly hangs up and talks for 10 minutes or more to the dead air, Newsome said.
Her “father” always claims big rewards for helping his daughter in need.