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Korean War vet scammed out of $19K

March 26, 2009 2:00:14 PM PDT
Police in Cypress are looking for a man who they say scammed a Korean War veteran out of $19,000.They say a man approached 79-year-old Ron Jenkins on the street and then showed up at his home the next day to invite him to a birthday party.

Jenkins can easily get confused because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

The suspect was caught by security cameras several months ago at two Bank of America branches, one in Los Angeles and the other in Corona. Jenkins can be seen standing next to him in some of the images.

"I was going down the street and pulled some money out of the bank," Jenkins said.

"It's a little fuzzy as to why he gave him the money but he was convinced and pretty much conned into giving him $19,000 in cash," said Sgt. Tom Bruce of the Cypress Police Department.

Police say the suspect then called a taxi, gave the driver Jenkins' home address and told him the elderly man's family would pay for the ride.

Jenkins' brother Phil did not believe his brother's account of what happened at first but then checked his bank account and saw the money was missing.

"Found out that it was true, that he had taken a bunch of money out of the bank so then we started in the trail to the banks and the police and all the different things we could try to do," said Phil Jenkins.

Anyone with information is urged to call Cypress police at (714) 229-6632.


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