Monday, December 13, 2010

Up to $1,000 Reward for info on Theft from Elderly Woman

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a scam that robbed an elderly woman out of several thousand dollars. The Newark Division of Police reports on the morning of Nov. 9, an   88-year old Newark woman made a withdrawal from First Federal Savings and Loan on N. 2nd St. in downtown Newark and then went home.

A male suspect called the woman at home later that day, identified himself as a detective, and asked her to return to the bank, make a withdrawal of $6,500 and meet him with the money as part of an investigation. The woman made the withdrawal and met the man on the downtown square by the gazebo and gave him the money.

The suspect again called the woman later that day and told her she did a good job and needed to make another $4,800 withdrawal and meet him at Walgreens in Heath. She made the withdrawal, went to Walgreens, this time with her son, but the suspect never showed.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 50’s with dark hair, five-foot-ten to six-feet-tall, 200 pounds, and dressed in slacks. He called himself Mr. Myer.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued at a later time.     

Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers’ Board. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Licking County Crime Stoppers, Inc., P.O. Box 304, Newark, OH 43058-0304.