2 suspects wanted for grand theft after taking money during prayer

Suspects took money in scam

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Two suspects are wanted after they ran off with an elderly man's money during a prayer last Friday.

On Dec. 21, at about 3 p.m., officers with the Bakersfield Police Department went to the Costco on Panama lane regarding a robbery. 

Officers said an elderly man was approached by a male suspect in the parking lot regarding a large amount of money.
The suspect told the elderly man he received the money in a will but had to give it to various churches, or he would lose his inheritance.
Officials said the man showed the victim a briefcase containing the money and then convinced him to drive him to a church where they met the second suspect.
The elderly man then drove the suspects to the bank, where he the second suspect showed large amounts of money to the first suspect to prove their trustworthiness.
The first suspect asked the victim to pray with him, at which time he managed to take the elderly man’s money.  Both suspects fled the scene.
Suspect Description:
Suspect # 1:  African-American male, in his 40s or 50s, 5’09” tall, 150 lbs., with an African accent.
Suspect # 2: African-American male, in his middle 40s, 5’08” tall, 200 lbs., and bald.

The Bakersfield Police Department would like to remind the community to be cautious when making payments or donations to unknown people.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects or an incident similar to this, is urged to
call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111 or Detective Joseph Galland at 661-326-3858.
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