Police are asking for the public's help identifying two people who allegedly swindled a 75-year-old North Hollywood woman out of about $45,000 after promising to donate money to a local church.
Detectives say a pair of cons approached the woman in a parking lot of a shopping center on Jan 23rd, and introduce themselves, saying they were about to leave town and needed help to donate money to a local church. The couple of alleged cons told the victim they had received a large sum of money and they couldn't take the money with them back to their home country.
Police say that's when they tricked the woman into providing "good faith money" to demonstrate she had money and wouldn't keep their money for herself. The alleged cons then spent the next several hours driving the elderly victim around to several banks to withdraw large sums of money.
When the suspects dropped the victim of at her residence, they drove off with the money.
Police describe the first suspect as a Black or Hispanic male, standing at about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, and around 60-65 years old. He is also described as having light skin. The woman is described as a black or Hispanic female standing at about 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds, and about 30-35 years old. She is described as having light skin and spoke with an accent.
The suspect's vehicle was described as a newer model, dark blue, Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at (818) 754-8377, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.