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New Details Emerge in Cash Robbery

Scam reportedly pulled on female victim who jumped into suspect car to get money back.

Glendora Police reveal new details about the reported robbery near the Bank of America Wednesday afternoon.

The crime was not a strong arm robbery as initially reported by officers. According to Lieutenant Joe Ward, the two suspects, both women, scammed the female victim by switching an envelope in their possession with the victim's envelope, robbing her of over $1,000.

The suspects approached the female victim at the 99 Cents Only Store in Azusa sometime before 3:30 p.m. The primary suspect, who had a South African accent, did all the talking and claimed to be a refugee, police said.

"It was some type of scam where they convinced her to pray over some money," Ward said. The victim had the undisclosed amount of money on her in an envelope and used her car to reportedly drive one of the suspects to the Bank of America in Glendora, the second suspect following in her own car. At some point, the suspects revealed their own envelope and somehow successfully switched the two. The victim had not made a withdrawal as previously reported.

The 42-year-old victim realized her envelope was lighter than before and confronted the suspects about the switch.

The two suspects jumped into their vehicle, at which point the victim jumped into their back seat and all three left together.

"They drove around downtown Glendora for two or three minutes and, for some reason ... they pulled over and our victim jumped out of the vehicle," Ward said. The victim exited somewhere in the 200 block of North Glendora Avenue.

It was unclear to police if the suspects' envelope had anything in it.

The suspect vehicle is described as a maroon four-door, possibly a Lexus.

Suspect number one is a Black female in her 50s (not 15 as originally reported), 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavyset and spoke with a South African accent. She wore a light blue top and matching pants.

The second suspect, but is a Black female, also in her 50s, about 5 feet 4 inches and 115 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendora Police at (626) 914-8250.

Editor's Note: The robbery was initially reported as a strong arm robbery through an officer report on police scanners, but has since been clarified as the victim being scammed of over $1,000. The first suspect's age has been corrected to 50, not 15 as initially reported. The second suspect is also identified as a female, not male as initially reported, according to a police crime broadcast. Patch regrets the error.

Hazel Lodevico-To'o June 05, 2012 at 08:22 AM
It's important to note that crime reports are not intended to instill fear or give off the impression that the community is less safe than before. Being more aware of the the types of crimes in your neighborhood, whether it's potential scams, burglaries or theft, can help you avoid becoming a victim or perhaps alert police when you notice something suspicious. People also are concerned about what is going on in the neighborhood, and with local police trying to minimize calls of curiosity, we try to be an additional news source for local crime information.
Ralph Long June 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Alas Ron, what you say is probably true, little ol Glendora has grown up. So have all the other towns around here, so much much so that there is almost no physical seperation between nice towns and not-so-nice towns. What a shame. However, I still think beautiful Glendora is a great place to live with a great future ahead. I am proud to live here. The greater LA area is the most interesting and exciting place I have ever lived. I am never board here. Glendora is a great place to live in the LA megalopolis. Far enough removed so that we are not in the middle of all the mess, but close enough so that we can access everything the great city has to offer. This will be even better once the Gold Line gets to Azuza, and eventually to Glendora. John, your comment is interesting. If I understand your comments, you are saying that crime around here is not all that much different than yesteryear. It is just reported much more visibly now a days.
Ronald E Hummel June 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you for the posts John and Hazel. Nicely written. I too am being more heads up reading the Glendora Patch. It's not the bad news but there is a lot of good things going on in the area.
Ralph Long June 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I kinda like being able to listen into the police and fire. Not only is it interesting, but it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling when I hear the professionalism exhibited by our public safety people. They really are good at what they do. Do we really want the police to be able to do even more without public knowledge? An important aspect of an effective democratic system is transparency. Knowing what the powers that be are doing. I do, however, realize that if I am listening, the bad guys are also. Which is not so good.
John June 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
And don't get me wrong, an informed public is one that can protect oneself and one's property better. I love living in the city of Glendora for what it is, one big neighborhood where everyone knows everyone; to say it has gone down the tubes is doing a disservice to the community who does what they can to keep this town the way it is...and may even affect property values :) And Ralph, that is my point exactly- In years past media could not disseminate news as quickly and effectively as they can today, and citizens generally liked to ignore the bad things happening around them.

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