The Edmond Sun

December 3, 2012

Police: Suspects try to scam Walmart shopper

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Two females and a male used a phony story in an attempt to defraud a woman in an Edmond Walmart parking lot, according to an incident report.

Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the Oklahoma City Police Department recently released a photo of a suspect that scammed someone out of $7,000 outside of a Walmart. Officers responded to a similar case in Edmond, Monroe said.

On Nov. 3, Edmond Police Officer Trint Trip was dispatched to a take a walk-in incident report at the station in reference to fraud, according to an incident report filed by Trip.

On Nov. 2, between 11 a.m. and noon, the victim was approached in the parking lot of the Walmart, 2200 W. Danforth Road, by a black female identifying herself as “Edna,” the report stated.

The victim said the female came up to her and claimed she had found a pouch full of money and didn’t know what to do, the report stated. The female showed the victim the small black pouch and the victim noticed the words “International documents” taped on it, according to the report.

The female told the victim she had found the pouch in the parking lot and that she tried to turn it to the store, but was told they would not take it unless it was found inside, the affidavit stated.

While the female was talking to the victim a second black female who identified herself as “Tiffany” and suggested she knew where the pouch belonged and told them to open it, the report stated. When the pouch was opened, the victim could see what appeared to be a large bundle of money, according to the report.

Edna then suggested that she would ask her boss what to do with the money, and said she works across the street at a bank on Danforth, the report stated. The victim offered to drive Edna across the street to ask her boss, and Tiffany then said she would accompany them, according to the report.

The victim said Edna went into the bank first by herself, and when she came out she told the victim and Tiffany that her boss suggested they could do three things with the money — turn it into police, place an item lost ad for the pouch and money or keep it and open up “some kind of bond,” the report stated.

The victim said Edna claimed she was told there was “$150,000.00” cash in the pouch, the report stated.

Tiffany went back inside and when she returned she said Edna’s boss wanted to meet with the victim, the report stated. Tiffany said the supervisor was in a meeting but she could speak to him via a phone, according to the report.

Edna dialed a number and put “Mr. Stein” on the phone, the report stated. The victim said the unknown male had an unknown accent, and he told her he would invest the money for all three of them, but she would need to bring him “7000.00” in cash first, according to the report.

“Mr. Stein” would get the serial numbers off the money she brought and then give it back to her to re-deposit, the report stated. He then told her that each person would get a “45000.00” dollar return, according to the report.

The victim was becoming concerned and told the females she didn’t want to be a part of this, the report stated. Tiffany told her she would have to do it or none of them would receive any of the money, according to the report.

The victim drove the females to her bank in Edmond, where the females walked to a neighboring business, the report stated. She remained in the car and called a retired tax attorney friend who wasn’t home, according to the report.

After waiting briefly for the females, the victim left the scene, the report stated. The victim said the females have her first name, where she lives and where she banks, according to the report. She did not give the females any bank information or personal information they could use against her in the future. | 341-2121, ext. 108