Sacto 9-1-1
September 29, 2010
Sacramento PD: Scam turns into armed robbery

By Bill Lindelof

An elderly man looking for recyclable was approached by a scam artist and eventually robbed by another man Tuesday in Northgate, Sacramento police said.

The 77-year-old man was near Northgate Boulevard and San Juan Road about 4:30 p.m. when he was approached by a man who said he needed a lawyer in order to cash a $250,000 lottery ticket.

The victim agreed to give the man $1,800 in order to hire a lawyer to secure the $250,000 prize money.

Another man police consider a suspect then drove up in a car to take the victim to the bank for the withdrawal, a police report stated.

The victim also told police the second man had a gun.

Fearing for his safety, the elderly man got into the car. He was driven to the bank and turned money over to the suspects before they fled, according to police.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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