Scheme ... Police are investigating a “pigeon drop scheme” that occurred March 5 at Walmart, located at 100 E. Street Road. An elderly woman was approached by a black female in her 40s with a stocky build and long black hair. She was wearing a tan jacket, brown pants, scarf and gloves while carrying a handbag with “District 21” on it, police said. The woman claimed to be an employee of a local bank and used the name “Gale.” The woman claimed she found the bag and asked the elderly victim if she knew who the bag belonged to. Inside the bag was a large amount of cash.
The woman convinced the elderly victim that they could split the money if they FRuOG nRW finG WKH RwnHU, SRlice said. The woman then convinced the elderly victim to withdraw $11,000 from her bank account and offered to put the money in the trunk of the elderly woman’s car while she went to her bank to see about splitting the found money. The woman never returned and the elderly victim checked her trunk and the $11,000 and handbag were gone, police said. The woman is not associated with any local banks.
Police are asking that residents be aware of this WySH RI FRnfiGHnFH VFDP DV it usually involves a large amount of found money or other valuable object and may involve more than one person. Residents should be skeptical if approached by a stranger about found money and should call 911 immediately.