Thieves defraud elderly woman of $15K

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are searching for two people who defrauded an 81-year-old woman of $15,000.

The victim was shopping at Costco near 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road around noon on Thursday, Nov. 13 when she was approached by two women.

The women reportedly convinced the victim to make an investment of $30,000 and told her $150,000 would be split between the three of them.

The women had the victim drive them to a bank in the Christown area, where she withdrew $15,000, and then to a bank at 19th and Glendale avenues.

A manager at the second bank, who was familiar with the victim, convinced her to not remove any more money and to re-deposit the money she had already taken out.

When the victim went back to her car, the two women had already fled with the cash.

One suspect is described as a 45-year-old black woman, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds with short black hair. The other suspect appeared to be a 60-year-old black woman, about 5 feet tall and 135 pounds with short, curly hair that may have been a wig.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 1-800-343-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.silentwitness.org.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.