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2 accused of swindling 93-year-old woman

Ronald Adams and Tommy Petro are accused of preying on a 93-year-old woman and swindling her out of more than $2,000.

February 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Two men are under arrest, accused of preying on a 93-year-old woman and swindling her out of more than $2,000.

Pasadena police said Wednesday the suspects approached the victim at a local gas station and convinced her that her car needed repairs. She led them to her house where the suspects charged her $1,200 for bogus repairs.

Police said the suspects contacted the victim two more times for money. In total, she was swindled out of $2,600.

Investigators are asking any other possible victims to come forward.

"Often times because they are so mobile and because property crime and identity theft is so complex, often times the suspects are allowed to conduct this kind of behavior multiple times before law enforcement agency even through very diligent and hard work is able to catch up with them," said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

The suspects, Ronald Adams and Tommy Petro, have been charged with theft from an elder and grand theft of personal property.


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