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San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Wednesday December 28th, 2016 :: 03:25 p.m. PST


Money Order Scam Suspects - Vista

Do you know the women in this surveillance video? They are wanted in connection with a money order scam in Vista. Watch video:

It happened on December 14th around 1:00 p.m. at the 7-Eleven located in the 1500 block of East Vista Way. As you can see in the surveillance video, two women walked into the store.

One of the women (Suspect #1) went up to the clerk to buy four $500 money orders. The clerk took the money from the suspect and set it on the counter while she processed the transaction. At some point, the suspect took $1,000 back from the stack of money without the clerk noticing. Both the suspect and her companion left the store with $1,000 in cash and $2,000 worth of money orders.

Suspect #1 is described as a 45-year-old Middle Eastern woman with black hair in a ponytail. She stands about 5’1" tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, a black and gray blouse and a gray skirt. She had a tan and black purse and a white rectangular wallet.

Her companion is described as a Middle Eastern woman with red hair pulled back into a ponytail. She stands 5’2” tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red and black flannel shirt, light blue jeans and black and white Converse shoes.

If you know these women or have any information on this incident, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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