SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC) — An 87-year-old Silver Spring woman lost over $20,000 when she became a victim of a Pigeon Drop Scam recently.
Around 11 a.m. on June 19 the elderly woman was approached by a black male who was carrying a bag filled with cash outside of a Giant grocery store at 11221 New Hampshire Ave. He asked the woman, as well as an unknown white female who was walking beside her, if the bag belonged to either of them. Both women said it did not.
The man then told the women that he worked at the nearby Capital One Bank and would share the money with them if they each contributed $20,000 in cash in good faith to get the money.
The other woman, who police say was part of the scam, agreed and produced $20,000 in cash.
The elderly victim then agreed to participate as well. Accompanied by the younger woman involved in the scam, the victim went to the bank and was able to withdraw $15,000. She then went to her home to retrieve jewelry valued at over $10,000.
When the victim returned to the parking lot, the man was gone and the female suspect made a quick escape according to police.
The female suspect is described as a white woman in her late 30′s to 40′s, roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall with a round face. The woman spoke without an accent and was carrying a big purse. A separate witness in the case told authorities she may have been wearing a wig and may actually have blonde hair. The suspect was wearing black pants and a green blouse at the time the alleged crime occurred.
The other suspect is described as a black male in his late 30′s to 40′s, roughly 6 feet tall with a medium build, short black hair, a clean-shaven face and was a “fast talker.” He was wearing a white shirt, tie and was described as well-dressed on the day of the scam.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact police.