By Joe Vazquez

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Police are searching for a prolific Bay Area scam artist who they say is impersonating a Motown legend.

57-year-old Alan Young has been in and out of Bay Area jails since the 1970’s, often posing as a Motown musician or a relative of a famous musician. Authorities say he is known for scamming people for thousands of dollars worth of cash, drinks, hotel rooms and limo rides.

San Francisco Police are asking for help to catch Young. They say he recently posed as Lamont Dozier, the hall of fame Motown songwriter of such hits as “Stop in the Name of Love” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).”

Police say Young nearly conned a San Francisco gallery out of $75,000 worth of artwork. But when the gallery owner looked Dozier up online, the plot was foiled since Young looks nothing like Dozier.

Retired Oakland Police Captain Tony Hare said Young likely has dozens of victims scattered across the Bay Area; but most are probably too embarrassed to call police.

“He is so accomplished at what he does, and he’s willing to continue doing this against all odds,” Hare said.

Anyone who has who information about Young are asked to contact San Francisco Police.

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Comments (4)
  1. tn says:

    Do you have a demo tape somewhere where we can sample his material?

  2. John says:

    This guy was at our Yoshi’s SF gig tonite, Moh Alileche Ensemble. We sang him happy birthday, no kidding. He probably got some nice dessert out of it. If I had read this news earlier I would have called it in.

  3. jimbe says:

    “57-year-old Alan Young has been in and out of Bay Area jails” hope someone give him a good beating in the back ally…… this point jail do him no good.

  4. tn says:

    @ John: Ha-ha. Too bad I missed it! I heard he plays one hell of a lute (loot).
    @ jimbe- Pair this guy up with the “happy singing guitar guy” who’s been at steps of our Ghiradelli Square for the past 30 years. They’d probably make a great duet with hits like “Sitting At The Hock of the Bay,” “We Milked This City (Journey song),” and “Tears of a Con (Motown Smokey hit)”

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