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Police seek help identifying suspect

Jun 13, 2011 5:57:00 PM - thestate.com
A 71-year-old woman was swindled out of $17,000 last month by scam artists who convinced her to withdraw money from her credit union account.

The woman met the two suspects on the afternoon of May 24 as she was leaving the K Mart on Fort Jackson Boulevard, the Columbia Police Department reported. A man showed the senior citizen a bag of money and said that it had fallen off a truck. He and the female suspect said they would split the cash with the older woman if she would help pay the taxes on it, the police said.

The victim drove the female suspect to a Palmetto Citizens Credit Union on Millwood Avenue and where the older woman withdrew $17,000 from her account, police reported. They then drove to a parking lot at another Devine Street business where they were supposed to meet the male suspect. The female suspect said she would go find the male suspect and walked away with the money, the police said.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the woman in security photos taken at the credit union. Anyone with information on the suspects should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

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