This morning, two black females approached an elderly woman (late 80's) at Goodwill on Vann Drive in an apparent attempted "pigeon drop" con. The intended victim realized what was going on and avoided being victimized.
As the intended victim was exiting the store, she described a "well-dressed" Black Female in her 50's about 5'7" or so held the door for her and struck up a conversation with her. While they were talking, a second "well-dressed" Black Female about 35 or 40 shorter than the first lady with a black zipper bag approached the two women and said she found the bag next to a car where a man was sitting who looked like he was drunk. She unzipped the bag and showed the two women the bag that appeared to be full of money... the bills appeared to be new according to the complainant. She told the women she was not going to call Police or return the money but offered to share the money with the two women if they would meet her at a business on North Highland. Where they would undoubtedly have been asked to put up earnest money asking the intended victim to withdraw money or put cash into the bag with the first lady which is where the bait and switch theft would actually occur.
The first lady told the intended victim that she didn't have a ride... that she was riding with someone else and continued to chat with the intended victim as she walked her to her car clearly intending to ride with her.
The second lady walked off to her car that was parked some distance away. She got into a small tan import looking car and drove away.
The intended victim realized that it was a scam and told the lady with her that it was. The lady was very gracious as she offered to take the victim's shopping cart back to the store and subsequently disappeared.
The intended victim in this case told me she realized what was happening due to recent attention in the media.
To our friends in the media, THANKS. Keep up the good work.
As always, we ask anyone with information of suspicious activity to notify Police and anyone with information about individuals committing these type crimes to contact the Financial Crimes Unit at JPD (425-8400) or Crime Stoppers
Capt. Mike Holt