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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-052

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 5, 2014
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    Suspects Trick Woman And Steal Over $25,000 Worth In Jewelry, Cash & Coins

    Do you recognize the suspect in this video?
    • Wednesday
    • January 22, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Walmart
    • 11110 E. Causeway Blvd.
    • Brandon, FL

    Victim:

    Annie Thomas
    DOB: 10/18/46

    Suspects:
     



    1. Black male, 50-64 years of age, 6'2”-6'4”, 220-240 lbs., medium build, black short hair, brown eyes and black mustache. Last seen wearing white dress shirt, brown suede vest, tie, brown pants and fedora hat.
    2. Black female, 30-49 years of age, 5'3”, 150 lbs., light brown complexion, medium build, black straight hair piece and brown eyes. Last seen wearing white pants, brown boots, brown suede jacket, scarf and beige, black and burgundy knitted hat.

    Details:
     

    On January 22, 2014, between 12:00 p.m. and 4:21 p.m., Annie Thomas was approached by a black female and black male at the Walmart located at 11110 E. Causeway Blvd. The female identified herself as Mary Ann and the male called himself Emmanuel. Mary Ann represented herself as a Wal-Mart employee and engaged the victim in conversation asking if she had lost a wallet. Mary Ann showed the victim a wallet that had a large amount of cash in it. The victim was then advised by Mary Ann, after she had allegedly conferred with the store manager, that the three of them could keep the contents of the wallet($150,000). The conditions were that they had to prove they had property of their own. Emmanuel showed the victim that he had money and asked the victim what she had that could prove she had property. The victim advised she had jewelry at home and Emmanuel stated he would accompany her to retrieve it while Mary Ann remained at the Walmart. The victim then drove Emmanuel to her home where she retrieved some jewelry and the key to her safety deposit box. The two then proceeded to the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 13140 US Hwy 301, where the victim had her safety deposit box. Upon arriving to the bank, Emmanuel advised that he needed to use the restroom, and the victim let him out at the Publix store, located at 13154 US Hwy 301. Between 2:34 p.m. and 2:41 p.m., the suspect entered and exited the Publix several times. During this time the victim signed in at the Wells Fargo Bank and emptied her safety deposit box which was full of cash, jewelry and coins. She then went back to the Publix to pick up Emmanuel and they drove back to the Walmart. When they arrived, Mary Ann exited the Walmart and sat in the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle. She advised the victim that she was confident that the items would suffice as equity. Mary Ann told the victim to go inside of the western entrance of the Walmart and sit on a bench in the optical center. There, Mr. Goldberg would provide her with $50,000, which Mary Ann said was a third of what was found in the wallet. In the meantime, Mary Ann would have the items appraised. At that time, the victim left the suspects in her vehicle and went into the Walmart. After waiting about 15 minutes inside of the store, the victim realized she had been scammed. When she returned to her vehicle, she realized that both suspects were gone and that her items were missing.

    Anyone with any information reference these 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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