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Moorpark/ Theft by False Pretenses
9/15/2011 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:  Theft by False Pretenses


Location:  100 block of Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark, CA


Date & Time/ RB#:  September 14, 2011 @ 11:40 am / 11-20901


Unit Responsible:  Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit          


(V)ictim, (S)uspects:                              City of Residence                                        Age

(S-1) Hispanic Female Unknown           30                                                                

(S-2) Hispanic Female Unknown           30                                                                



On September 14, 2001, an elderly Spanish-speaking woman was walking along Moorpark Avenue.  She was approached by two Spanish speaking Hispanic females that claimed to have a winning lottery ticket.  The suspects claimed they were unable to claim the prize and asked for the victim's assistance.  The suspects even offered to share the prize with the victim if she would claim it on their behalf.  The suspects then convinced the victim to provide cash and jewelry as collateral against the suspects' portion of the prize.  Once the suspects obtained the victim's property, they fled the scene. 


The victim indicated that both suspects were Hispanic females.  They were both about 5'3' to 5'6' tall and about 30 years old.  Distinguishing features regarding the suspects included that S-1 had a noticeably light complexion and S-2 had a round shaped face.


Scams such as these prey upon people's desire to 'get rich quick.'  Unfortunately, we have seen several similar scams that tend to target people of Hispanic descent.  The Moorpark Police Department encourages the public to be careful about the choices they make, especially when presented with any sort of situation that 'appears too good to be true.' 


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).




Officer Preparing Release:  Sergeant Jeff Miller


Follow-up Contact:  Detective Kevin Lynch / (805) 532-2714                                 


Date of Release:  September 15, 2011


Approved By:  Captain Ron Nelson