Police seek help to catch men running 'pigeon drop' scam



Police have released photos of two people who cheated an Augusta woman out of money, and are asking for the public’s help to catch them.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the two unidentified men approached the 74-year-old woman at the North Augusta Wal-Mart on May 20 and asked for her help.

After speaking with her, they persuaded her that they would give her a large sum of money if she contributed some of her own money to theirs and then prayed over it.

Police said she drove the men to Augusta and withdrew money from two banks and went to her home for an additional $500.

She gave the men the money and then drove them back to the Wal-Mart. Before leaving, the men told her that they would leave the money in her vehicle.

After returning to Augusta, she learned she had been deceived.

The men were captured on surveillance video at Wal-Mart.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080.

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