STUDIO CITY—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify two grand theft suspects.
On January 23 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., two suspects introduced themselves to the victim in a parking lot of a shopping center. The suspects noted they were about to leave town and needed help to donate money to a local church. The suspects informed the victim they received a large sum of money and they could not take the money with them to their home country.
According to the LAPD, the suspects convinced the victim to provide some “good faith money” to ensure she didn’t keep the money for herself. The suspects drove the victim to multiple banks to withdraw large sums of money. The victim was later taken to her home, where she exited the suspect’s vehicle, and then the suspects fled the scene with the victim’s money. Police have identified the victim as a 75-year-old woman from North Hollywood, where the suspect’s stole over $45,000 from the victim.
The first suspect is described as an African-American or Hispanic male, standing about 5 feet and 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds and is between the ages of 60-65 years old. He is also described as having light skin. The second suspect has been described as an African-American or Hispanic female, standing around 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds and is between the ages of 30-35 years old. She is described as having light skin and spoke with an accent. The suspects’ vehicle is described as a newer model, dark blue, Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Joseph Hampton with the North Hollywood Area Theft Detectives at (818) 754-8377. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.