Chesterfield police search for 2 suspected of being involved in ‘distraction scam’
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are searching for at least two people suspected of being involved in a “distraction scam.”
Police said on Facebook that over the past month, it has been reported to them as “one or a few suspects approaching the victim, attempting to “help” them with something (something on their clothes, something wrong with their car, etc.), and stealing the victims’ wallets/purses while they are distracted.”
Sergeant Julian Hinton believes a couple recently pulled off a distraction scam at the Stonehenge Village Shopping Center. Fortunately, a surveillance camera recorded the suspects leaving a store but not before they used the victim’s credit cards.
“They actually did get into the car and stole items from the victim’s purse and used some credit cards and other items that were taken out of the purse,” Hinton said. “It’s just a matter of time before we identify the individuals involved and make some arrests.”
Police say another incident recently happened at a Publix store in Chesterfield.
Hinton says scammers often prey on seniors and the vulnerable because they’re typically more trusting, but anybody could fall victim to these crimes.
Hinton says Chesterfield police were first alerted to the prevalence of these crimes in Fredericksburg in June. Since then, they’ve seen an uptick in these crimes in the county but believe many more go unreported.
“I would just say be cognizant of your surroundings, be aware, and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if you feel uncomfortable about an interaction with someone you don’t know,” Hinton said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 804-748-1251.
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