PD: AZ elderly woman victim of 'pigeon drop' scheme - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

PD: AZ elderly woman victim of 'pigeon drop' scheme

(Source: Scottsdale Police Department) (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Police are looking for your help in identifying two suspects who were in a Phoenix grocery story parking lot when they scammed an elderly woman out of $18,000.

Scottsdale police said a woman approached the 81-year-old victim in the Fry's parking lot located at 7628 E. Indian School Rd. on Nov. 7, 2012, and claimed she had found a wallet containing thousands of dollars. The woman told the victim she'd need to hand over $25,000 to get a portion of the money in the wallet.

The second suspect handed over a large sum of money to convince the victim he was willing to go along with the "pigeon drop" scheme, police said.

The victim withdrew her entire savings from the bank and gave the suspect $18,000, thinking she was going to get a large sum of money in return.

But the suspects left with the victim's money while she was waiting for them in the parking lot.

Police said the suspects likely targeted the victim because she is elderly.

The first suspect is described as an 5'4'' African-American woman with a medium build and dark hair. She was wearing a light green shirt and dark dress slacks.

The second suspect is described as a thin, 6'1'', African-American man, with short dark hair and a mole or mark on his upper lip. He was wearing a gray business suit and a white shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Top Stories

Sidebar: Arizona mug shots

SLIDESHOW:  Mug shots More>>

  • NEWSMore>>

  • FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

    FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:05 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:05:07 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    More >>

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    More >>
  • Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

    Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:53:18 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:03 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:03:30 GMT
    (Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Camille Hymes, center, regional vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations at Starbucks Coffee Company, speaks with Asa Khalif, of Black Lives Matter, right, after protesters entered the coffee shop, Sunda...(Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Camille Hymes, center, regional vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations at Starbucks Coffee Company, speaks with Asa Khalif, of Black Lives Matter, right, after protesters entered the coffee shop, Sunda...

    The handcuffed arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks served as a fresh reminder of the perils of "retail racism" that African-Americans and minorities encounter on a regular basis.

    More >>

    The handcuffed arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks served as a fresh reminder of the perils of "retail racism" that African-Americans and minorities encounter on a regular basis.

    More >>
  • Zimbabwe fires thousands of nurses on strike

    Zimbabwe fires thousands of nurses on strike

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 1:23 PM EDT2018-04-18 17:23:16 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-04-19 11:51:54 GMT

    The country's vice president fired more than 15,000 nurses who went on strike.

    More >>

    The country's vice president fired more than 15,000 nurses who went on strike.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly