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Crime Stoppers for the Week of January 20, 2003

January 22, 2003 00:00


The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for your help in identifying and apprehending a couple who are victimizing elderly motorist with an auto accident scam. Thus far two cases have been reported, the first on January 6th at SE 82nd and Foster and the other on January 13th at SE 39th and Belmont, but it is believed there are probably others.

In both reported cases an elderly female motorist had just driven off the parking lot of a business when she was hailed down and stopped by the suspects who claimed she had damaged their car. The suspects intimidated the victim with threats that if they reported the accident to DMV the victim's license would be suspended. They then told the victim if she paid for the damage they would forget the matter. The male left and returned shortly with an "estimate." In both cases the estimate was $845.00, which the victims paid. In the first case, the suspects had a child approximately two years of age with them that the female suspect said was her grandchild. She said she was taking her grandchild to a doctor's appointment and now, because of the accident, she would need a rental car and that would cost an extra $1,000, which the victim paid.

The female suspect is described as white, approximately 45 to 50-years of age; 5'2" to 5'5" tall and weighing 150 and 155 pounds, with dark-brown shoulder length hair. And while both times she has been with a white male subject, the difference in descriptions suggests she is possibly working with at least two separate individuals.

The suspects' vehicle is described only as a white or light colored "newer" vehicle.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, which leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony crime, and you need not give your name. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP.


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Portland Police Bureau
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Portland, Oregon 97204



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