Grand Theft Scam
updated: Sep 20, 2012, 9:21 AM
Source: Ventura Police Department
Incident: Grand Theft (Scam)
Location: 300 Block of W. Ramona St.
Date/Time Occurred: 09/19/12 @ 1400 hours
Officer(s) Involved: VPD Patrol
Victim(s): Withheld, 30 yrs, Ventura Resident
Suspect(s): BM, 20-30 yrs
Report #: 12-11166
The victim works as a boot vendor at the Ventura College swap meet. During the swap meet on Sunday,
09/16/12, the victim was approached by the suspect who was posing as a potential customer. The
suspect told the victim he wanted to purchase approximately 100 pairs of boots, so he could in turn sell
them to people in Africa. The suspect claimed to not have the money to purchase all of the boots, so he
made arrangements with the victim to meet him later in the week to make the purchase and exchange
the money for the boots.
Today, 09/19/12, the suspect agreed to meet at the victim's residence in Ventura to complete the
purchase of the boots. Once at the residence, the suspect said he still did not have all of the money,
but if the victim gave him $10,000, he would be able to double the amount by placing the money
between two pieces of paper and spraying it with a special "chemical." The suspect demonstrated how
this worked to the victim, so believing the suspect could double the money, he gave the suspect the full
amount. Thinking he could produce money with the special "chemical", a relative of the victim's gave
the suspect an additional $4000 in hopes of doubling his money as well. Taking the $14,000, the
suspect gave the illusion that he wrapped the money in the pieces of paper. The suspect told the victim
it would take some time for the "chemical" to dry and not to touch the papers for several hours. Two
hours after the suspect left his residence, the victim realized there was no money inside of the wrapped
pieces of paper. The victim attempted to call the suspect, but did not receive an answer
You can report scams online to the National Consumers League's Fraud Center at www.fraud.org. They
maintain a national repository of information and will insure your information gets to the proper
investigating authority. If you are the victim of a crime please report it immediately to the Ventura
Police Department at 1425 Dowell Dr., Ventura, CA, or call 805-339-4400.
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