TPSO seeking the identity of two women SCAMming residents!
HAMMOND, LA – (April 19, 2018) – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in the following case.
On April 16, 2018, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office was alerted of possible fraudulent activity occurring in several neighborhoods around Pumpkin Center, Ponchatoula, Bon Aire Subdivision and Happywoods Road. Two unknown white females alleging to represent the Trinity Baptist Church of Pumpkin Center have been going door- to -door soliciting residents for money to support a child in need with cancer.
As many kind hearted Tangipahoa Parish residents would, several families fell prey to the two villains and generously gave money to support the sick child. Subsequently it has been confirmed that these two women are not affiliated with, nor do they represent the Trinity Baptist Church. They are simply two predators committing criminal acts against our residents while misrepresenting a well established local Church.
As luck would have it, one of the victims had a really nice security system installed at their residence that captured the dynamic duo and their well rehearsed act on video. Thus, based on the fact that these females fraudulently represented themselves as part of the Trinity Baptist Church and stole money from our residents, they are being sought by the TPSO on charges of L.R.S.14:67 Relative to Theft by Fraud.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Financial Crimes Unit lead by Detective Travis Pitman will be conducting a supplemental investigation and is currently seeking your help in identifying the females who are believed to be from Livingston Parish.
If you recognize either one of them please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Pittman directly at his desk at (985) 902-2031.
Also, if anyone else has fallen victim to these women, or others like them, please contact Detective Pittman.