Mountain View Voice

News - May 17, 2013

Lottery scam suspects sought

Mountain View police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man and woman in connection with a lottery scam theft. A man and a woman reportedly stole cash and jewelry from a victim who was promised a share of lottery prize money in exchange for helping cash in the winning ticket, police said.

Police released sketches of the suspects on Thursday, May 9. The male suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5-foot, 7-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeved plaid shirt and blue jeans.

The female suspect is described as a Hispanic female in her 30s, about 5-foot, 2-inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds, with long black hair. She was last seen wearing a short-sleeved black shirt with a white print, and black cotton pants.

The victim was approached outside the Chase Bank at 749 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View on April 16, at about 11 a.m., said Sgt. Sean Thompson. He was approached by the male suspect, who claimed he had won the lottery and needed help cashing the ticket because he had entered the United States illegally, according to Thompson. The female suspect joined the conversation and the pair allegedly convinced the victim to return with cash and jewelry as a "good faith gesture in exchange for a share of the lottery winnings, Thompson said.

Both suspects spoke Spanish, he said.

Once the suspects had the cash and jewelry in hand, they reportedly fled in a newer-model black Ford SUV.

Police are seeking other victims as well as help in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact police Det. Fernando Maldonado at (650) 903-6344 or fernando.maldonado@mountainview.gov.

—Andrea Gemmet

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