2011-10-21 / Top Stories

Local Woman In Woodmere Scam

By Howard Schwach

An unidentified Far Rockaway woman was taken to the cleaners by three Hispanic women in a scam that wound up with the victim standing on a Woodmere, Long Island street without her belongings or money.

Police say that the three women who had asked another woman to cash a lottery ticket on Saturday in Woodmere allegedly threatened her with a sharp object and stole her cash and belongings.

Around 3 p.m., an unknown Hispanic female approached the 21-yearold victim on a Far Rockaway street and said she would pay her if she helped cash a winning lottery ticket, police said. Two other Hispanic women then picked up the first subject and victim in an older model dark green mini van with tinted windows and drove to the victim’s residence.

According to police, the victim retrieved her pocketbook and identification, and the group drove to a CVS pharmacy, located at 929 Broadway in Woodmere.

The subjects asked the victim to go inside and pick up a prescription, but insisted she leave her jewelry and pocketbook in the van.

The victim refused, and one of the subjects pressed an unknown sharp object to her neck, police said. The victim then complied and left her property in the van. As she was entering the store, the subjects fled in the van in an unknown direction.

The thieves took assorted jewelry, a passport and cell phone. No injuries were reported.

Nassau County Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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