CRIME OF THE WEEK: Man stole thousands from elderly woman after pretending to help her


Columbus Police and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who pretended to help an elderly woman and then robbed her after she cashed her Social Security check.

According to police, the robbery happened on Thursday, May 3 around 10:50am. The woman, who has not been identified by police, just cashed her Social Security check for $4,000 and went to the Speedway gas station at 3605 W. Broad St. As she was paying for her items, an unknown man saw her pull out the cash she was carrying.

The man carried a case of pop and a carton of cigarettes out of the store for the woman. As he did so, he pretended to drop the cigarettes and reached into the woman’s jacket during the commotion. He grabbed the cash and told the victim, “I gotta have that.”

The man then took the cash and got into a gray vehicle driven by a woman. The vehicle went east on West Broad Street.

The woman was so shaken up by the incident that an ambulance was called because she thought she was having a heart attack.

The male suspect is described as a black man between 25 to 35 years old. He is about 6-feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He has black braided hair and was wearing black pants, a black shirt and a ball cap. The driver of the vehicle was only described as a black woman.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the man responsible for this crime. Anyone who recognizes the man or the vehicle is urged to contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477). You can also submit a tip online at or through the free P3 Tips mobile application, available for Android and iOS devices. All tips are anonymous.

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