Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-133

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 18, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Victims Lose Up To $9,000 In Lottery Scam

    Detectives need the public's assistance in identifying suspect.
    • Monday
    • April 11, 2011
    • Time: 11:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County, FL


    #1 - Hispanic female, 22 – 29 years of age, 5’3”, 140 lbs., medium build. Brown eyes and brown hair, worn in ponytail. Wearing a brown baseball cap, tan button up shirt, black dress pants, black and white tennis shoes. Carrying a medium size black purse. She related that she was from Costa Rica.

    #2 – Hispanic male, 50 – 60 years of age, 5’5” – 6’, 180 lbs., medium build, gray hair, brown eyes. Wearing a beige dress shirt, beige tie, casual brown pants, black belt, black dress shoes and a gold necklace and bracelet. Suspect had a full brown beard and described as having hairy arms.

    Vehicle: Description is different in each incident.

    Victims: 62 to 87 years of age


    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the female seen in the surveillance photo from the CVS Store. The suspects are suspected in five fraud/grand theft cases involving the elderly. In each of the cases the suspects approach the victim at a business and convince the victim that they need to borrow money because they have won some money in the lottery, but that the lottery requires them to have some money on hand before collecting. After the victim gives them money ranging anywhere from $1,200 to $9,000 the suspects then drive the victim to another store or business where they ask the victim to go inside the business for them. Once the victim goes into the business the suspect flee before the victim exits.

    1. October 29, 2010 at 11:40 a.m. – Victim, 65-year-old male
    Bank of America – 902 Pebble Beach Blvd.
    Suspect vehicle: Late model light blue van

    2. December 8, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. – Victim, 62-year-old male
    Denny’s Restaurant – 1301 Brandon Blvd. West
    Suspect vehicle: White 2000 Nissan Armada, 4 door

    3. February 18, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. – Victim, 87-year-old male
    Bank of America – 8320 Hanley Road
    Suspect vehicle: Large white van

    4. February 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. – Victim, 81-year-old female
    Wachovia Bank – 8008 North Pebble Beach Blvd.
    Suspect vehicle: Older box style SUV, 4 door, silver or dirty white

    5. April 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. – Victim, 76-year-old female
    CVS – 7351 W. Hillsborough Ave.
    (Surveillance photo of female suspect)
    Suspect vehicle: Silver Toyota Rav4, newer model

    Anyone with any information reference the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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