Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Police: Duo scammed elderly woman for $8K

Story Highlights
  • Police are looking for two people who kidnapped and robbed an elderly woman.
  • The two drove to a bank and told her to withdraw $8,000.
  • The suspects drove to 57th and Chestnut streets and pushed her out of the SUV.

Police are looking for two people who they say forced an elderly woman into an SUV, drove her to a bank and convinced her to withdraw $8,000, which they then allegedly stole.

Police said an 80-year-old woman was walking near 55th and Market streets around noon Monday when she was approached by a man and a woman. The duo allegedly told the woman they had money to give to her.

When the victim became suspicious and told the suspects to leave her alone, they allegedly followed her. Police said the female suspect went and got her vehicle, described as a green SUV with New Mexico tags, and the male suspect forced the victim inside.

Police said the couple then drove to the Penrose Plaza Citizens Bank, located at 2900 Island Ave., where they allegedly convinced the woman to take out $8,000.

Investigators said the male suspect sat with the woman as she made the withdrawal. He told a bank employee the funds were for the victim’s sister, who had just passed away, according to police.

When the victim reached for the cash, the man allegedly pushed her hand away and pocketed the money. 

Police said the suspects then drove the woman to 57th and Chestnut streets, where the man pushed her out of the SUV. The suspects took off east on Chestnut Street, according to investigators.

A witness who saw the fleeing vehicle approached the victim, who police said was visibly upset and crying. After realizing what had happened, the witness flagged down nearby officers.

One suspect is described as a short, black male between the ages of 40 and 50 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hat and blazer and a white shirt. The second suspect is described as a tall, black female. She was last seen wearing a dark-colored wig and dark-colored clothing.

Anyone with information on the suspects or crime is asked to contact the Southwest Detectives Division at 215-686-3183 or 3184, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847).

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; Follow @phillynews on Twitter.
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