PORTSMOUTH--Police are warning residents about 2 suspects who are impersonating police officers in an effort defraud elderly people out of money.
Police say that on October 5th around 9 a.m, a 76 year-old man was at his home in the 2400 block of Des Moines Avenue when a neatly dressed male approached him and said he was a Chesapeake Detective. He showed the victim a gold badge, which was on his clothing, near his waist.
The suspect told the victim his home was the dump site of a large sum of money from a recent bank robbery, and that a second bank robbery was going to take place at the victim’s bank. The suspect offered to assist the victim in removing money from his account for safe keeping.
The victim drove the suspect to SunTrust Bank, located in the 4000 block of Victory Boulevard in Portsmouth, and withdrew an undisclosed amount of money. After withdrawing the money, the victim handed the money to the suspect. The victim became suspicious, and yelled he was being robbed, when the suspect demanded the money be placed in a piece of cloth.
A second male suspect, who had been sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in front of the victim’s home, followed the victim and first suspect to the bank. Both suspects left the bank in a gray, Mercedes with unknown North Carolina license plates, after the victim yelled and brought attention to them.
Police think the suspects are the same suspects in an incident that occurred in Norfolk in recent weeks and a second similar incident in Portsmouth.
Both suspects are black males, around the ages of fifty and sixty years-old. One suspect was wearing a black business suit, a black tie and black “Cango” hat. He also had thick prescription glasses and mixed black and gray short hair. The other wore a white dress shirt and black dress pants.
Anyone with information should call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.