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News Release

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Lifesavings Theft Suspect Sought

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Newton Area Burglary detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who used a stolen ATM card and pin number to withdraw a 97-year-old victim’s entire life savings which amounted to over $46,000.

Between August 16, 2009, and November 30, 2009, the suspect used the stolen ATM card at the Bank of America located on the 100 block of Rosecrans Avenue in the City of Gardena, and the Bank of America on the 300 block of E. Manchester Boulevard in the City of Inglewood.  According to bank records, the suspect withdrew $300 to $500 per day between the hours of  1 p.m. and 2 p.m., alternating between the two locations.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 25 to 30-years-old, stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall with black hair, brown eyes, and weighs about 170 to 180 pounds.  The suspect was driving a silver or grey 2000 to 2003 Mercedes Benz C230 Coupe.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact LAPD Newton Area Burglary Detective David Gamero at 323-846-6579.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone numbers 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a mobile telephone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompt.