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Police searching for scammer Bob Baer

A blog on the internet says, “If you are looking for advertising, please stay clear of Robert Baer of Legacy Advertising!”

Police in Osceola County are investigating complaints there that Baer has scammed local businesses in in least four towns and the TV news said complaints have been reported in Osceola, Clare, Gladwin and Isabella Counties.

Reportedly Baer has nine warrants out for his arrest.

Osceola County Sheriff Jim Crawford said on 9 & 10 News Wednesday that Baer is selling advertising on placemats and mugs at local restaurants, and then leaving the area with the money. The amounts reportedly paid to the man are less than $200, which would make each incident a misdemeanor.

Crawford said he’s afraid there are many more victims who haven’t reported the scam to police.

Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said she did not have any record of warrants issued in Clare County for Baer.

Sheriff John Wilson and Detective Sgt. Mike Coon said they weren’t aware of warrants in this county yet.

However, Mike Wilcox, owner/editor of the Review and owner of STIX Bar and Grill in Harrison, said he was scammed by Baer, who was frequently at the bar a couple of years ago. “I was called about five months ago by the Mt. Pleasant Police asking for his whereabouts,” he said, “A couple of businesses in Mt. Pleasant who had been scammed referred them to me, knowing that I had been taken, too.” He said he lost $200.

He added, “He has done this repeatedly downstate.”

On the internet, Pat Burdell reported paying for advertising never published last November. “We have not seen it yet,” she wrote. She said she lost $150.

Kathy Johnson of Mt. Pleasant wrote, “I placed an ad with Robert Baer and Legacy printing. He took my money and my ads were never placed on the placemats or coffee mugs and I never got my sign.” She said she reported it to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, who told her they have received “numerous complaints.”

A business owner from Houghton Lake wrote that he lost $275 in a placemat scam there.

A website search of Baer’s name and Legacy Advertising shows a Jackson business, Legacy Printing.  In December, Xclusiv Entertainment in Midland, wrote, “If you’re looking for Robert Baer then you have been scammed; however this company is not involved. Please visit this link to complain http://robertatlegacy.blogspot.com/