OCEANSIDE — A trip to the grocery store cost $5,000 for a 72-year-old woman who was scammed for that amount on Nov. 2 when two women approached her and promised her a large return if she would invest the cash, said an Oceanside police lieutenant.
The elderly victim, who remains unnamed, was at the Stater Bros. store at 2170 Vista Way when two female suspects approached her and asked for help, said Lt. Leonard Mata of the Oceanside Police Department.
The suspects told the victim that they found $100,000 in a purse, and then offered the victim $25,000 if she could give them $5,000 they needed to pay the taxes on the found money, he said.
The victim agreed to the proposal and returned with $5,000 cash. The two women took the money and told her they would come back after they “scanned” the money, Mata said.
But, the suspects never returned.
Both suspects are described to be about 45 years of age. One suspect is described as a heavyset Caucasian female with brown hair.
The other suspect is described as a thin African-American female with short black hair.
According to the California Penal Codes 514 to 515, if a person is convicted of a felony for embezzlement, and the victim was an elder adult, then a special circumstance in aggravation will be imposed.