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Scammers target elderly man

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

A pair of suspected con artists netted “a few thousand dollars” Nov. 29 from an elderly man they met in the parking lot of the Decatur Wal-Mart.

SECURITY CAMERA PHOTO – An elderly victim identified the men in this photo as the two who approached him in the parking lot of the Decatur Wal-Mart and coerced him into withdrawing a few thousand dollars from his bank account for “charity.” Submitted photo

According to a release issued this week by Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, an elderly man told officers he was approached by two suspects as he was going into the store. They asked him to donate money for charity, and he told them he had no cash.

The suspects waited for him to come out of the store, then asked him again if he had any cash. He said no, that he had made his purchases with a credit card. They then told him to go get money and followed him to a local bank, where he withdrew a substantial amount of money and gave it to them.

The suspects are described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and about 50 years of age, with gold front teeth, wearing faded blue overalls with a green zipper, and a white male approximately 6-foot-4, heavy build, wearing a brown jacket, khaki shirt, blue jeans and a dark ball cap.

The suspects were in a red, extended-cab or four-door Chevrolet or GMC pickup, with a third subject as the driver, who never left the pickup.

“I don’t know if they’re targeting elderly people, or just with the holidays trying to take advantage of people’s charity,” Det. Daniel Sandate said.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the photo, or who may have been approached by someone matching this description, is asked to call the Decatur Police Department at (940) 393-0300.

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