Man, 85, scammed out of $4K by man he met in Petaluma Dealer Joe’s car parking zone

(KRON) — A person was arrested for allegedly scamming an aged man out of $4,000 in Petaluma in Could, the Petaluma Police Division mentioned Wednesday. The suspect, 25-year-old Florian Matei out of Sacramento, has been related to comparable conduct up to now, police mentioned.

Police started investigating the scenario after receiving a lacking individuals report for the 85-year-old sufferer. He disappeared after leaving dwelling to go to Dealer Joe’s.

The person’s automotive was left deserted within the car parking zone. His household informed police they had been on the cellphone with him earlier than he disappeared, and so they heard one other voice within the background making an attempt to promote him jewellery.

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Officers pinged the sufferer’s cellphone and found it was in Cotati. His final financial institution transaction was at an area on line casino.

The sufferer got here again to his automotive about an hour later and was instantly contacted by police. PPD mentioned a person approached him providing to promote gold jewellery.

The suspect drove the sufferer to a number of banks and a on line casino in an try and get him to withdraw money. He withdrew $4,000 in whole and gave it to the suspect earlier than being taken again to the Dealer Joe’s car parking zone. The jewellery was decided to be faux.

Police took surveillance video from the on line casino and recognized the suspect’s car. Matei was discovered to be the suspect. He was contacted by the Daly Metropolis Police Division for comparable conduct in December.

PPD secured a warrant for Matei’s arrest. He was situated on the Plaza procuring heart on June 7 and arrested.

Police later discovered that Matei was utilizing an alias and his id was verified with a fingerprint system. He was on the run from authorities in Fairfax, VA, the place he had open warrants for abduction by pressure and theft by pressure.

Matei was booked into Sonoma County Jail for felony monetary elder abuse.

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