Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for these two women in connection with a Feb. 27 incident that cost a senior citizen $18,000.
LARGO – Two women approached a senior citizen in the parking lot of Walmart on Missouri Avenue in Largo Feb. 27 and asked for money to help them gain their American citizenships. The victim gave them $18,000.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives sent out a press release March 13 asking for the public’s help to identify the two Hispanic females age 25 to 30 wanted in connection with the alleged scam.
One suspect is approximately 5 foot 3 inches tall and about 170 pounds with green eyes. She was wearing a multicolored flowered blouse and blue jeans at the time of the incident. The second suspect had long dark brown, straight hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a black and white striped shirt and dark pants.
Detectives say about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27, the women approached the victim in the Walmart parking lot at 1111 N. Missouri Ave. The women told the victim they wanted to get their American citizenship and claimed they needed $60,000 for various documents. They asked the victim for help.
The victim then drove them to a nearby bank and withdrew $18,000, which she gave to the suspects. After receiving the money, the suspects “fabricated” a story and left, according to the sheriff’s report.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact Detective David Kavanagh of the Economic Crimes Unit at 727-582-6200; or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.