Dublin police search for scam suspects
After receiving two reports of “pigeon drop style scams,” Dublin police are seeking information on the suspects.
On Sept. 7, an 88-year-old woman reported that she was approached by two men in the parking lot of Meijer,6175 Sawmill Road. One man asked the woman if she had dropped an envelope and claimed it held $250,000 in cash, a news release from Dublin said.
One of the men went into the store to allegedly return the envelope, but when he returned he said the store management told him to keep it. The man told the woman he would split the money between the three of them, but needed $8,000 from the woman to cover taxes, the release said.
After the women gave the two suspects the money, they said they would contact her about splitting the money, but she never heard from them.
One suspect was a black male in his mid-50s with an average build and height. The other suspect was a black male in his 30s, the release said.
Another incident occurred Sept. 12 in the parking lot of a business at 6665 Sawmill Road.
Two female suspects approached a 58-year-old woman and said they found an envelope with $75,000 inside. The suspects said they would split the money with her, but needed money to hire an attorney to handle the matter first.
After the victim provided them money, she never heard from the suspects again.
Police did not have a clear description of the two suspects, public information officer Megan Canavan said.
Columbus Police also received a report of a similar incident near Dublin.
Anyone with information on the suspects or who has been a victim of a similar incident is urged to contact Dublin Police at 614-889-1112.