Theft Targeting Elderly Victims

Santa Monica Police, along with other local agencies, are investigating a series of thefts where the suspects are targeting elderly residents. In each of the reported incidents in Santa Monica, a female suspect calls out to the victim from a parked car asking for directions or assistance in an effort to get the victim to come close enough to touch or grab them. The suspect then puts a piece of fake jewelry on the victim, while stealthily removing their expensive jewelry, before fleeing in a getaway vehicle, which is usually driven by a male suspect. Two similar incidents near the 500-600 Block of Ocean Avenue were reported on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Suspect Descriptions:

Suspect #1 Passenger – Female, Middle Eastern or White, between 40-60 years old with dark or brown hair.

Suspect #2 Passenger – Female, potentially White, mid-40s with dark hair. May be wearing a scarf covering her hair.

Suspect #3 Driver – Male, potentially White, mid-40’s with dark hair.

Targeted Victims: Elderly women walking alone during the early afternoon between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

The Santa Monica Police Department would like to remind our residents to never approach a strange vehicle and continue to report suspicious behavior. If you or someone you know believes they have been a victim of a similar crime, please contact Detective David Haro from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8432 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores