April 30, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Elder Abuse Unit and Crime Stoppers want your help in identifying and finding two men wanted on suspicion of scamming an elderly man out of $10,000.
On the afternoon of March 10th, a 71-year old man was in the parking lot of the Home Depot along Broadway in Lemon Grove when he was approached by one of the suspects. He befriended the victim and asked for a ride to meet the second suspect at a nearby Walgreens store.
Once there, the suspects convinced the victim to donate money to their "charity." He drove the suspects to the Wells Fargo Bank along Broadway. That's where one of the suspects pretended to withdraw $30,000 for charity. The elderly man was persuaded to withdraw $10,000 from his bank account and gave it to the suspects. They told him to wait in his truck. The suspects never returned.
The first suspect is described as a black man between 45 and 50 years old, about 5'7" and weighing about 180 pounds. He has short black and gray hair with brown eyes, medium brown complexion and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve blue striped shirt, light blue dress pants, black shoes and a black shoulder bag.
The second suspect was captured by surveillance cameras at the Wells Fargo Bank. Take a good look at the images included in this bulletin. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve brown sweater, dark brown pants and black shoes. He was also wearing glasses and carrying a black portfolio case.
Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.
You can also call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
To learn more about the Sheriff's Elder Abuse Unit, including information on resources, visit: www.sdsheriff.net/elder.