Suspects Sought in Lemon Grove Elder Abuse, Theft

Unfortunately, after the man withdrew his $10,000 "donation" the two suspects disappeared.

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    San Diego County Crime Stoppers
    San Diego County Crime Stoppers released this image captured from a store surveillance camera showing suspect #2.

    Moments after being approached in a shopping center parking lot, a San Diego man withdrew thousands of dollars from his bank account and handed it over to two con artists, officials said.

    The theft began just before 1 p.m. on Monday, March 10 as the victim – a 71-year-old man – walked to his car outside the Home Depot on Broadway in Lemon Grove.

    San Diego Crime Stoppers released an image of one of the suspects who they claim convinced the victim to withdraw $10,000 from his Wells Fargo Bank account and “donate” it to a charity.

    Unfortunately, after the man withdrew the money the two suspects disappeared.

    Investigators say this scenario involved the first suspect befriending the victim and asking for a ride to meet the second suspect outside another store.

    Then, the two suspects went to work, asking the victim for a donation.

    After suspect #2 pretends to withdraw $30,000 from what’s presumably his bank account for the “charity” the victim follows suit.

    Now both suspects are wanted in the elder abuse/theft case.

    Anyone with information on this case should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580‐8477.