Elderly couple nearly scammed out of several thousand dollars

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- An elderly Valley couple has been reunited with their vehicle after nearly being scammed out of several thousand dollars.

Phoenix Police said the couple had stopped at a restaurant in the area of 35th Avenue and Northern on Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle pulled up with four people inside.

A man got out of the car and told the couple their gas tank was leaking and that he was a mechanic and could fix the problem for them.

The couple agreed to let the man fix their vehicle.

The wife was instructed to get into the suspects’ car, while the husband let the man, who claimed to be a mechanic, get behind the wheel of their vehicle.

Both cars left the area together, but split up.

The husband was taken to a bank near 43rd Avenue and Northern where he was told to withdraw $9,500 for the repairs. The husband was attempting to get the money when a teller questioned him about the withdrawal.

The teller went outside to speak with the alleged mechanic, which is when the man drove off with the couple’s car.

At around the same time, the wife was taken to a bank at 200 E. Washington where she agreed to withdraw $9,500 from her account. The wife gave her card to one of the suspects, but the card was expired.

The suspects eventually left the wife at the bank after determining that it was taking too long to get her money.

The couple was reunited and their vehicle was eventually found at 43rd Avenue and Glendale. The victims weren’t hurt, and their car wasn’t damaged.

Police said this is third time in the last week that such an incident has occurred in northwest Phoenix.

Authorities ask anyone with any information to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.