MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Police Department Detective Division asks for public assistance in identifying two suspects who have recently targeted victims in shopping centers.
According to police, there have been two cases where suspects approach victims in shopping centers as they withdraw cash or money orders from ATMs or check cashing venues.
The suspect in both cases is described as a black male, over 6' tall, about 200lbs. Victims have said he acts "mentally slow" and has bad teeth.
Police said the victims were approached by the suspect, who asks for help in finding a place to stay for the night. He then asks the victims to hold his money while he looks, produces a large roll of cash, and asks the victims to add it to theirs.
When the victims add the cash with theirs, the suspect takes the combined cash and rolls it up in a handkerchief.
At this time, a second suspect approaches them and distracts the victim by acting like a concerned citizen. The victims' attention is then diverted, so the first suspect can swipe the handkerchief containing all the cash. The suspect replaces the handkerchief by giving the victim a roll of paper wrapped in a handkerchief, identical to the first roll.
Both suspects then flee the area before the victim becomes aware that a swap was made.
The suspects are said to be using a black Cadillac. The second suspect was said to be shorter, weighing 200lbs, and about 40 years old.
Anyone with further information is asked to call Detective Merritt at (770) 794-5324 or the Marietta Anonymous Tip Line at (770) 794-6990.