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SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN LOTTERY TICKET SCAM  Sought 

PCSO detectives are seeking information about two suspects targeting female victims in a lottery ticket scam.

On August 29, 2017, a Hispanic female suspect - described as in her 40s, 5'5" tall, slim, with an accent - approached the elderly victim at the Posner Park shopping center in Davenport, holding a lottery ticket. The suspect told the victim that she had won $30,000 but needed $3,000 cash to claim the prize - she convinced the victim to go to the bank and withdraw the cash. The suspect's accomplice, a Hispanic male in his 40s, drove the victim & the female suspect to the victim's bank in the Toyota Corolla seen here in video surveillance.

After the victim gave them the cash, the female suspect said she had a headache & needed the victim to go inside a store & buy some Tylenol. When the victim came outside, both suspects were gone, with her cash. 

On September 20, 2017, the same pair did the same scam. This time, the female suspect approached the victim while she was walking to a bus stop. The suspect said she had a winning lottery ticket for $500,000, but she couldn't claim it because she was an "illegal immigrant." The suspect told the victim she would sell her the ticket for several thousand dollars. Together, the pair convinced the victim to drive around with them in a silver SUV retrieving cash and jewelry.

Once the victim handed over the cash & jewelry, the female suspect said she had a headache, and convinced the victim to go inside a store & get her some Tylenol. When the victim came back outside, they were gone, along with her cash & jewels. 

The male suspect can be seen here in video surveillance photos, with the car he used. He's about 5'10" tall, 250 lbs., with salt-and-pepper hair, black jeans, and a black-and-white checked shirt. Do you know who he is? If so please call Detective Lopez at 863-292-3300.

 

Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.P3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

 
Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 9/21/2017