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Des Plaines Police Blotter: Woman Duped Out of $5,800

The following information was provided by the Des Plaines Police Department. When an arrest is referenced it should not be considered a conviction.

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Women, 81, Duped Out of $5,800

An 81-year-old Des Plaines woman received a phone call Friday morning, Aug. 9 from a man who introduced himself as Morgan and claimed to be from her bank, First Merit.

Police reports stated that the man said someone was illegally taking money out of her account. He told her the only way to catch the thief would be to set up a dummy account in her name, and he gave her directions to withdraw money, meet his associate in the parking lot and hand him the cash, so they could track it.

The woman went to the bank, made out a check for $5,800 to cash, cashed it, and delivered the money to a man in the parking lot of the Des Plaines Library at about 12:45 p.m.

The man said he would get the money to his boss as soon as possible.

Vehicle Windshield Smashed

The windshield of a 1993 gray Cadillac Fleetwood was smashed by a large rock while it was parked legally on the street at 39 W. Lancaster.  A passerby discovered it Sunday morning. The owner said she had parked the car there at 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, Aug. 10.

Man Charged With Cannabis Possession After Traffic Stop

Steven Pena, 29, of Bensenville, was charged with possession of cannabis Aug. 9 after police stopped him at about 9:45 p.m. for traffic violations, they said.

Officers noticed the odor of cannabis coming from the car,  and one saw what looked like cannabis in full view on the front seat, according to the report.  Police told Pena to exit the vehicle. Police said it field-tested positive for cannabis.

Frances Murray August 13, 2013 at 09:39 AM
It's incredible that someone coud have lived for 81 years and be so stupid as to give cash to a stranger in a parking lot. There are several things she could have done when she first received the phone call begining with checking with her bank to verify.
Amy August 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM
As people age their brains change, if she had any form of dementia this could happen. Unfortunately the elderly are pray for this sort of thing. Question is where is her family and why are they not looking out for her? I know an extremely intelligent person who has fallen to brain change and could be taken in by scams. Maybe not this one in particular but scams just the same. Lesson is stay close to your parents or elderly family members and be aware of brain changes. Also don’t be so critical, count your blessings as you too may someday have a change in your brain that you cannot control or be aware of.
Frances Murray August 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Yes, brains sometimes change as we grow older. That's understandable. However when a condition such as this occurs, the person should seek help. They know or should know that they're not fundtioning up to par. It's called taking resposibility for your own health --both mental and physical. And part of that responsibility is seeking advise if needed.
Amy August 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Sometimes they just don't know it, as weird as that sounds they don't see the problem. Alzheimer is a very wild disease.

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