Oklahoma City police seeking female preying on seniors

Oklahoma City police say a young black woman is thought to have stolen money from at least two seniors.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012

A female con artist who talked her way into an 88-year-old's home under the guise of helping put away groceries robbed the woman, Oklahoma City police said Thursday.

Police are looking for a woman they think has preyed on at least two seniors, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

The victim in the first incident told police she had been shopping at Crest, 4502 NW 23, when a young black female approached her and asked if she remembered her from church.

The young woman followed her through the store and helped her with her groceries before following her home. When the woman insisted she didn't need help, the young woman left. The victim then realized her wallet was gone. Her bank card was used later that day at an Oklahoma City convenience store. That incident occurred July 18.

The woman described the thief as about 5-foot-6 with a very thin build and stringy hair.

A bank teller became suspicious Sept. 4 when a regular female customer, 84, came to the Bank of Oklahoma inside of Buy for Less, 2500 N Pennsylvania Ave., with a young black female and made a large withdrawal from her account. The victim returned the next day and said her money had been stolen.

“We believe she could possibly be involved in numerous other crimes and obviously want to get her identified before she's able to victimize anybody else,” Wardlow said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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