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January 16, 2014

$10,000 Scam

Money stolen from 86-year-old’s safe

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who is being sought for questioning in the theft of $10,000 from an 86-year-old woman.

On Jan. 7, the victim was shopping at a business on Norman Drive where she was approached in the parking lot by a woman who identified herself only as Julia.

Julia claimed that she had found a wallet containing $150,000 and wanted the victim’s help in securing the money until the owner could be located, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

The victim drove Julia to her residence in order to place the money in a safe. They were followed by a second person in a white, four-door vehicle.

 While at the victim’s residence, Julia pretended to place the money in the safe while removing approximately $10,000 of the victim’s money without her realizing what had taken place, according to reports.

The woman known as Julia is a black female, possibly in her 40s. The sheriff’s office released surveillance photos of the suspect along with a vehicle with an unknown tag that was driven by a second unknown person who was never seen by the victim.

In a release to the media, Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine urged citizens to be mindful of scams, noting that the people who carry out these types of thefts are usually convincing and provide believable supporting details.

“Anytime a person is (in) doubt of situation, they should contact their local law enforcement to verify the information before taking any actions,” Prine said in the statement.

The sheriff’s office encourages anyone with information about the case to call (229) 671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at (229) 671-2985; or visit www.lowndessheriff.com

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