2 wanted for swindling $8k from elderly Johns Island woman

Bank surveillance photos of a suspect. (Source: CPD)
Bank surveillance photos of a suspect. (Source: CPD)

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Police have released pictures of one of two women wanted after a 79-year-old was allegedly swindled out of $8,000 in cash on Johns Island in early July.

Charleston Police Department officials say the flimflam began around 5:30 p.m. on June 7, when an elderly Johns Island woman was leaving the Piggly Wiggly on Maybank Highway and putting groceries in her car.

According to incident reports, the victim was first approached by a woman wearing a dress with flower designs printed on it and a brimmed straw hat before another woman wearing a flowery dress joined in for what the victim described as "small talk."

While the victim first told police that one of the suspects claimed to be a CVS employee who was providing an investment opportunity, a supplemental report taken on July 10 states the suspects actually told the victim they wanted an $8,000 "good faith payment" in exchange for splitting $68,000 they had "found" with the victim.

The victim then went to the nearby Wells Fargo Bank branch to withdraw $8,000 in cash to give to the suspects, one of whom actually accompanied the victim during the task.

When police asked the bank branch manager why he did not question the suspect's presence at the bank, the manager explained that everything looked as if the suspect was the victim's family member, a report states.

The suspects are described as black females of a medium build, standing between 5'4" and 5'6" tall.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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