Pair cons elderly Edgewater woman out of thousands, police say

Police: Victim, 90, scammed by two women in Volusia County

By Loren Korn - Reporter

EDGEWATER, Fla. - Authorities are searching for two women accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly woman Friday morning, the Edgewater Police Department said.

"I'm 90 years old, so they probably thought I was stupid, and I admit, I was stupid that day," the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

The victim said it started when the women approached her car while she was at a Winn-Dixie grocery store.

"I knew something was wrong, but it was two against one and I was nervous and scared," she said.
 
Police said the women showed her some cash inside a box and asked if it was hers.

The woman said she told them they should return it to police, but the pair asked for a ride to CVS instead.

Investigators said the women claimed they wanted to consult with their attorney about the $100,000 they found and said they would split it with the woman.
 
"I was thinking, 'Oh, I could help out my three kids. It would be a nice Christmas present to give them money,'" she said.

After she drove the women to two banks and a quick trip back to her house, they conned her out of $6,000, claiming it would be for attorney fees.

"I sat there for about 10 to 15 minutes, then I went in the CVS and she was nowhere there," she said.

Edgewater police are now warning residents who may face similar situations.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it will be," Police Chief Dave Arcieri said.

Police are now using pictures from surveillance video to track them down.

"These are just two despicable people that are taking advantage of an elderly person," Arcieri said.

"I got caught up in it, that's all, and I'll regret it for the rest of my life," the woman said.

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