May 14th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
On 05/09/2012, at approximately 2:00 PM, a 71 year old male victim was in the bathroom of the JC Penney’s in the Country Club Mall when he was approached by a suspect who identified himself as an undercover police officer. The suspect advised the victim that he had violated the law and was being placed under arrest.
The suspect convinced the victim to leave Penny’s and drive him, in the victim’s own vehicle, to the outside entrance of Sears nearest Chik-Fil-A. The victim remained in the vehicle while the suspect entered Sears to meet with Mall Security to “check” the victim’s criminal record. When the suspect returned, he advised the victim that he would have to go before a Judge to post bond on the charge. The suspect proceeded to tell the victim that he knew the Judge, and if he could get cash, he would convince the Judge to release him on a lower bond.
Once again, the suspect had the victim drive them in the victim’s vehicle to the victim’s credit union in order to withdraw the cash needed to post the bond. The suspect had the victim drop him off at a nearby location while the victim went into his credit union to withdraw the cash. After obtaining the cash, the victim picked the suspect up and gave him an undisclosed sum of cash to post as bond.
The suspect was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, 6-00 to 6-03 in height, medium build, and light blond or brown hair, with a short military style haircut. The suspect was wearing tan slacks, a light blue shirt, blue sport coat, and brown shoes. The suspect had what appeared to be a surgical scar that was visible on the back of his head.
Surveillance video of the suspect has been obtained. Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone who can identify the suspect to contact the Maryland State Police at 301-729-2101, or the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
The investigation is continuing by the Maryland State Police and C3I.