Police in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa asked Tuesday for the public’s help in tracking down two suspects who have conned two men out of cash and may be targeting elderly victims at banks and bus stops near financial institutions.
In two separate incidents in April, victims were approached on the street and convinced to take a drive to their bank to withdraw cash that was eventually taken by the crooks, police said.
The first incident occurred April 11 about 1:20 p.m. in Santa Ana, and the second on April 28 about 10:30 a.m. in Costa Mesa.
In the latest occurrence, the thieves even dropped the man off where they initially confronted him, police said.
The first victim is 84 years old and the other is 68, police said.
Both suspects are described as Latino men in their 50s. One is around 5- foot-6 and weighs about 150 to 160 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair, and missing some teeth.
The other suspect is 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 to 170 pounds. He has gray hair, brown eyes and broken teeth.
The pair get around in a late model, gold American-brand sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus, police said.
Anyone with information about their identities or whereabouts, or who may have been victinized, was asked to call Costa Mesa police Detective George Maridakis at (714) 754-5051 or Santa Ana Cpl. A. Silva at (714) 245-8545.
—City News Service
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