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    • January 23, 2015
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    Suspects Trick Woman And Steal Over $30,000 Worth Of Cash & Jewelry

    Deputies want to identify the man in the surveillance video.
    • Tuesday
    • December 16, 2014
    • Time: 3:57 PM
    • Sam's Club
    • 2021 W. Brandon Boulevard
    • Brandon

    Suspects:



    1. Black female, 30-45 years of age, 5'10”-6'2”, 260 lbs., dark complexion, heavy build, black wavy hair. Last seen wearing a multicolored sundress.
    2. Black male, 50-60 years of age, 6'-6'2”, 190-210 lbs., dark complexion, thin build, gray hair and beard. Last seen wearing a tan suit, a tie and a flat cap.

    Victim:

    Garnjana Anita Vassanapradit
    DOB: 12/09/77

    Details:

    On December 16, 2014 at 3:57 p.m., the victim was returning to her vehicle in the Sam's Club parking lot, located at 2021 W. Brandon Blvd., after shopping. She was approached by a black female that stated she had just found a wallet on the ground. The suspect asked the victim if it was belonged to her and the victim said no. At that time, a black male walked by and also stated that the wallet did not belong to him. The female suspect then opened up the wallet to reveal a large amount of cash.

    At the female suspect's direction, all three subjects entered the victim's vehicle. The female suspect then told the victim that there were one thousand dollar bills in the wallet. The suspect said she could use her counterfeit detecting machine inside of her office because she was a Sam's Club employee. She left and returned to inform the victim and the male suspect that there was a seventy thousand dollar bond in the wallet. The female suspect stated that she had spoken to her boss about the contents of the wallet and that he agreed to launder and divide the money only if he had all of the serial numbers from the bills. The female suspect then recorded all of the serial numbers and suggested that they sign a contract to divide the money, but they could use fake names. The victim was tricked into giving the female suspect cash in return for a share of the one hundred thousand dollars.

    So the victim drove the male suspect to the nearby Publix. The suspect said he was a pastor and would withdraw the church's money for his part. The victim then drove to Chase bank where she withdrew $10,000 as well as a diamond ring from the safety deposit box. Then, the victim and male suspect returned to Sam's Club and gave the female suspect the cash and ring. The female suspect told the victim that if she added jewelry to her portion, then her part of the money would be higher. So all three subjects drove to the Bank of America nearby where the male suspect walked into the bank and then came back. Then, the victim returned to her bank and retrieved a Rolex and another diamond ring. They then drove back to the Sam's Club. The victim was told to go inside to meet with the female suspect's boss, leaving the suspects in her vehicle. Upon entering the Sam's Club, none of the employees inside knew what she was talking about. When the victim walked back to her car, the suspects were gone and she contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to report the fraud.

    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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