JUST IN: Lakewood Police Detectives bust 2 suspected of scamming elderly couple out of nearly $10,000; Suspects were nabbed when they attempted to scam another $50,000 [PHOTOS]

Two people are in custody after scamming an elderly couple out of thousands of dollars, and went back for doubles.

Earlier this afternoon, the Lakewood Police Department Detective Bureau received information that an elderly Lakewood man was just scammed out of $9,800.
An unidentified suspect contacted the victim and fictitiously advised him that his grandson was being arrested in Buffalo NY after he injured a female in a motor vehicle crash due to Driving While Intoxicated. He stated that the $9,800 would be needed for bail.
The victim agreed to pay the money and arrangements were made for an in person pick up.
After the suspect obtained the $9,800 a second call was made requesting an additional $50,000. It was at that time that the victim and his family suspected it was a scam and contact was made with the police department.
Based on the information, an undercover operation was initiated and investigators, led by Dsgt. Steve Kelusak, orchestrated arrangements to meet the suspect for the purpose of delivering the newly requested funds.
Detectives Patrick Kearns, Kevin Donnelly and Austin Letts were able to apprehend two suspects as they arrived at the prearranged location. Both men were placed in custody without incident.
“We would like to thank the victim and his family members who quickly recognized that they were actively being scammed and immediately brought it to our attention,” Detective Lieutenant Greg Staffordsmith said. “The speed in which it was reported allowed us the ability to safely and quickly apprehend these individuals.”
UPDATE: 19-year-old Yelferson Rosario of Perth Amboy and 19-year-old Angel Taverez of Kissimmee, Florida have been charged in connection with the incident. Both men are charged with Theft by Deception and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception.
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8 COMMENTS

  1. LoL, their greed did them in. They weren’t satisfied with scamming $10,000 and had to come back for more. Serves them right.
    Great job LPD.

    • Your post confuses me. Their greed did them in cuz they weren’t satisfied with 10k? The whole thing was greed. Is not the theft of any amount of money the actualization of greed coupled with disrespect of others?

  2. The cops only caught the curriers ( ubers) the scammers are still at large

    I can’t understand why they didn’t follow the curriers to let them drop off the $$ & catch the real scammer?!?

  3. I noticed that while most elderly couple’s are happily married they’re very alert, tuff, frugal and shrewd thus impossible to be scammed or cheated; after a spouse dies besides aging 15 years overnight they become very quiet and gullible and become very easy targets to be scammed.

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