SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - Police are are asking the public's help in identifying suspects wanted for a larceny commonly known as a "Pigeon Drop Scam." Police have a surveillance photograph from the incident of one of the two suspects involved.
On June 19 at 2 p.m., officers responded to the Capital One Bank in the White Oak Shopping Center at 11261 New Hampshire Avenue, whee they met with the 87-year-old female victim from Silver Spring.
At 11 a.m.., the victim had bought items from the nearby Giant, and when she left the store, an unknown white female walked beside her outside of the Giant. An unknown black male holding a black bag filled with cash approached them and asked if the bag belonged to either of the women. Both said it did not. He explained that he worked for the Capital One Bank and was willing to share the money with them but they would need to contribute $20,000 in cash each in good faith to get the money.
The female suspect immediately agreed to the deal and produced $20,000 in cash. The victim then agreed to obtain cash. She was able to withdraw $15,000 from the bank while accompanied by the female suspect, but to get to the $20,000 demanded by the male suspect, she returned to her home and then provided jewelry worth over $10,000.
When the victim returned to the parking lot of the White Oak Shopping Center, the male suspect was gone and the female suspect made a quick escape. The victim entered the bank and called police.
The suspects are described as: a white female in her late 30s to 40s, 5'4" tall with a round face. She spoke without an accent and carried a big purse. Another witness believed that the suspect was wearing a wig and might actually be blond. She was wearing black slacks and a green blouse at the time the scam occurred.
The male suspect is described as a black male in his late 30s to 40s, approximately 6' tall with a medium build, black short hair, no facial hair, and was a "fast talker." He wore a a white shirt and tie.
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call 240-773-6330 or 240-773-TIPS (8477).