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In two cases the suspects drove the victims to the bank to withdraw money from their accounts.
Suspect #1: Hispanic male, 50-60 years old, wearing a white shirt, black pants, black shoes and a black hat.
Suspect #2: Hispanic male, 35 years old, wearing a black shirt, khaki pants, black shoes and a black hat. Described as speaking with a “Puerto Rican accent.”
Vehicle: Maroon Nissan Rogue
88-year-old Hispanic female
On February 27, at approximately 12:15 p.m., two unknown hispanic males approached the victim while she was waiting for a bus at 803 W Waters Avenue. The men engaged the victim in conversation which caused her to miss her bus and offered to take the victim home. On the ride home, the men convinced the victim to withdraw an undisclosed amount of money Bank of America located at 3439 W. Hillsborough Avenue in order to help them collect their “lottery money”. The men then took the victim to a Dollar Tree located at 3603 W Waters Avenue, where they asked her to go inside and buy something for them. When the victim exited the Dollar Tree, the men had fled the area with her money.
This incident is similar to one that occurred on February 16. In that case, two males approached the victim while she was loading groceries into her vehicle at Publix located at 2724 Hillsborough Avenue W. The victim agreed to help the men and accompanied them to her bank and withdrew money from her account. The men drove her to Big Lots at 7565 Hillsborough Avenue W and advised her to go inside and buy herself a drink. She realized the men had left when she exited the store. The victim is a 74-year-old hispanic female.
Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.