Most Wanted--Elderly theft

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are searching for a suspect who managed to convince an elderly woman to withdraw thousands of dollars from her bank account.

The victim was robbed a few days earlier and according to investigators, she thought the suspect was a legitimate police officer working her robbery case.

"He stated that he was a police officer and that he was doing an investigation on a theft that she had a few days ago. The elderly female believed him, "says CPL Deborah Whitley with the Columbus Police Department.

Bank surveillance captured the suspect and the victim. But there were a few questions the victim managed to ask him before emptying out her bank account.

"She asked him where his badge was and he said he couldn't show it right now and she asked him where his vehicle was and he said it was down the street around the corner and wanted to do a line and he needed $9,000 and she actually took him to her bank and withdrew $9,000," says Whitley.

The suspect is a middle aged man with a medium complexion, tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black and white kangol style hat, white slacks, black jacket and multi-colored tie.

"We're not just trying to not only report this crime but to also bring awareness to this situation so that other people won't get caught up in the same thing, "says Whitley.

The crime happened on May 1, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Bank on 13th Street. Call Columbus police at (706) 653-3188 or you can go to and leave a tip. A reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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