Montgomery County police seek grocery store scammers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP/ ABC7) - Police in Montgomery County say an 87-year-old woman was scammed of more than $20,000, and detectives are seeking the public's help to locate the suspects.

It happened last week at the White Oak Shopping center in Silver Spring.

Police say a man holding a large bag of cash approached the elderly woman as she left a Giant store. He told the victim and another woman who'd come up beside her that he'd be willing to share the money with them if they contributed $20,000.

Police say the woman withdrew $15,000 from the bank and went home to produce jewelry worth more than $10,000, which she gave to the woman. But when she returned to the shopping center parking lot, the man was gone and the other woman quickly fled.

Even at 76-years-old and disabled, Herbert Baucom said there would have been too many red flags for him to have fallen prey.

"I'm really sorry she got taken advantage when she obviously couldn't handle that kind of pressure," Baucom added.

Mary Jones, 77, agreed, "I would have smelled a rat right away."

Police have released a surveillance photo of the female suspect. She is described as a white female in her late 30s to 40s, 5'4" tall with a round face. Investigators say she spoke without an accent and carried a big purse.

The woman may have been wearing a wig and may actually have blonde hair, eyewitness reports say.

Police describe the male suspect as a black man "in his late 30's to 40's, approximately 6' tall with a medium build, black short hair, no facial hair and was a 'fast talker'."

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 240-773-TIPS (8477).

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