2 held in alleged scam targeting senior drivers

first_img“Her car was jacked up and her wheel was off her car. I called the police again and said, `It’s happening right now,”‘ George said. He and his friend approached the culprits. “They were getting close to her. I didn’t want anything happening to the lady,” he said. He told her she was getting scammed. One of the suspects put the tire back on the car. “They said, `We’re Christians. … good Samaritans,”‘ George said. He reminded the men they told his grandmother they were Toyota mechanics. One of the suspects walked to a nearby gas station. The other left in an Infinity G35 with Washington license plates. Officers pulled over the Infinity at Cole Road, south of Whittier Boulevard. Michael C. Dennis, 25, of Long Beach and Tony Marks, 27, of West Covina were booked on suspicion of attempted vehicle theft and theft from an elder adult. They were being held at Whittier police jail and will be arraigned Friday at Whittier Court, officials said. Salazar said Dennis has outstanding warrants for elder theft. Police know of at least three victims. The first Whittier victim was an 82-year-old woman. She called police Tuesday about two men who flagged her down and said she had car problems. They told her they were mechanics and offered to repair it for less than a dealer, Salazar said. She declined their offer and left. “She thought it odd,” Salazar said. The second victim was George’s grandmother, and the third was the driver found with the suspects by the recycling area. Police suspect there may be more victims. Anyone with information on the case should call Whittier police at (562) 945-8250 and ask for the Detective Bureau. Councilwoman Cathy Warner, a friend of George, praised him for coming to the rescue. “As far as I am concerned, he was very courageous to go back there and spot these guys so the \ could arrest them,” she said. George said this issue was personal. “They’re messing with my grandmother,” he said. “That’s why I went after them.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They said it would cost her thousands to fix, which they could do cheaper. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said the men presented themselves as Toyota certified mechanics and offered to call for the victim. They pretended to call the dealership and told her the dealer was busy. They also pretended to call AAA for her. The two men offered to take her car to the dealer for her, George, 36, said. His grandmother later went to the nearby Toyota dealership, called him and relayed what happened. “She was very distraught,” George said, adding that he told her she got scammed and to go home. He said he got upset and, accompanied by a friend, went looking for the con artists at Ralphs. They drove around the parking lot and area but found no one. On a final search, they spotted the suspects with another victim by the recycling area. WHITTIER – With help from an angry grandson, police arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly trying to scam elderly drivers. When Chamber of Commerce President Chris George got a call from his 90-year-old grandmother that two men had tried to cheat her, he and a friend went searching and found the suspects with another victim. And his information later helped police officers locate the suspects, officials said. George said his grandmother, Della, left the Ralphs parking lot Wednesday morning and was on a side street when two men flagged her down. They said her wheel was coming off and her Toyota Camry was smoking, he added. last_img

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