Sacto 9-1-1
March 25, 2008
Suspects target elderly woman in swindle

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Two suspects are wanted for swindling an elderly woman out of tens of thousands of dollars.

One of the suspects was caught on surveillance tape in the Freeport Boulevard Bank of America. Sacramento Police hope the photograph will help catch the suspect and enable them to recover the victim's money.

Here's the rest of Bill Lindelof's report:

The swindle is similar to fraudulent schemes used before. On Feb. 27, the victim was approached in a parking lot at Freeport Boulevard and Florin Road. After showing the elderly woman what appeared to be a lot of cash, the female swindler told her she was going to the Bank of America at 940 Florin Road. A second woman then approached.

The two suspects were able to convince the soon-to-be victim to go with them to the bank, on the pretense that if the elderly woman loaned a large amount of money, then an attorney would double the amount in two weeks.

The suspects drove the woman to three banks, the victim draining tens of thousands from her accounts. Finally, at the Bank of America on Freeport near Hollywood Park, the first suspect convinced the victim to give her the money to take into the bank.

The victim entered the bank and the suspects disappeared.

The suspect captured on bank surveillance footage is described as a white adult in her 30s or 40s, about 5-foot, 9-inches tall and 200 pounds. She had brown hair and and a round face.

The swindlers were drving a four-door, blue Toyota.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Claressa Wilson, (916) 808-0537.

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