Waco authorities closing in on possible scammers

POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 12:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Waco officials may have found the men responsible for a pigeon drop scheme that has left many with lighter pocketbooks.

On Wednesday at 1:00 pm, officers saw several individuals at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 3rd and Franklin acting suspiciously. The individuals matched the description of previous “pigeon drop” suspects that have occurred in the Waco, I-35, and I-45 corridors.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle near the intersection of 5th and Cleveland. Identification was made of four people in the vehicle. During the stop, interviews and evidence seized from the vehicle caused officers to believe these four are suspects in the previous pigeon drop scams that have occurred in the Waco area. Bundles of money, bank statements, an unclaimed Rolex watch and numerous financial institutions envelopes were seized from the rented vehicle. It is believed the four suspects were casing the area for another victim to defraud.

Waco Detectives are preparing a bulletin to distribute to other law enforcement agencies in attempts to see if any victims can identify these individuals on other cases. Arrests were not made of the individuals as of yesterday but charges may be filed at a later date.

Waco Police Department would again like to remind citizens that this type of criminal activity has and might be attempted again in and around our area. If citizens are approached by someone they don’t know asking for assistance with large amounts of cash to deposit for various reasons, this is most likely an attempt to steal money from the victim. Please use due diligence and don’t fall prey to this type of scam. Victims are consistently losing large amounts of money by doing so.

Victims have described the suspects as well dressed black males that approach on foot asking for help with cash deposit and flashing rolls of money. They then con the victims out of additional money and leave with the victims’ cash.

From Waco Police Department

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