The NYPD released a new surveillance video Friday, Nov. 11, that purportedly shows an elderly woman getting scammed out of a small fortune in cash and jewelry by two women in Middle Village last month.
Detectives from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood are investigating the grand larceny case that began to unfold at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, when the 70-year-old victim was at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 80th Street across from St. John’s Cemetery when two unidentified women approached her. The women began a conversation about requesting assistance in cashing a winning lottery ticket, according to investigators.
The suspects then requested cash from the victim to aid in the redemption of the ticket. The woman became convinced and handed over approximately $6,500 in cash and around $36,000 worth of jewelry, according to the NYPD. After she complied, the victim was asked to show proof of her address, and as she went home to get identification, the two suspects ran off in an unknown direction with her cash and jewelry, police said. The victim was not injured during the incident.
The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspect and described her as having long light brown hair, she was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, tan pants, and black and white sneakers and she was carrying a black bag with eyeglasses hanging from the front of her shirt.
The second woman has black hair and was last seen wearing a light brown long-sleeved shirt, dark tight jeans, blue sneakers, blue facemask and she was carrying a dark-colored bag.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.