Con artist targets elderly victim in Glendale


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 4:02 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who conned an elderly woman into giving him $3,000.

The suspect approached the 88-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at Bell Road and 59th Avenue on Oct. 30. Police said the man told the woman that her vehicle had lost a large metal part, but he had fixed it for her.

The suspect gave the woman a business card from an automotive repair center and told her the repair is typically very expensive but he had just saved her a lot of money. Police said he told the woman he would only charge her $3,000 for the repair.

The woman told the suspect that she didn't have any money with her, but she could go to the bank and get the money for him. They drove to a local bank where the victim withdrew $3,000 in cash and gave it to the suspect. The man immediately left, possibly in a white full-size pickup truck.

Police obtained video of the suspect. He appears to be a white male between 40 and 50 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds with a slight gray beard and very short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt, red or orange shorts, white socks and white tennis shoes.

Glendale police fraud and forgery detectives have exhausted all leads and are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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