LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
Las Vegas Metro cops stated they took 3 females into custody for staging automobile mishaps to take from victims.
Cops detained 38-year-old Barbara Miller, 19-year-old Amanda Miller, and 28-year-old Sophia Nicholas on Aug. 13 on various charges in connection with numerous of the reported incidents.
In December 2016, detectives began receiving reports for possible staged accident scenes where the victims had actually items stolen from them. During a number of months, detectives determined more than 35 cases that seemed related.
Authorities said the criminal activity reports suggested 3 to five suspects in an automobile would pull up next to the victims, who were also in a vehicle and signal for them to stopped. Once the victim pulled over, they were informed they struck the suspect’s vehicle and they needed to exchange details. In many cases, one suspect would distract the victim while another would take important products from the victim’s lorry. In other cases, one suspect would damage the victim’s lorry while the victim was being sidetracked, or the victim would be revealed previously existing damage on the suspect’s car. The suspects would then aim to get a money settlement from the victim on the area. During one case, the suspects got the victim to drive them to another place to obtain money.
Investigators think there are at least 3 extra suspects that took part.
80 years of age Iva Sesky tells FOX5 she was a victim of this kind of criminal offense in early August 2017.
Sesky says a female and guy made her pull over her care and then demanded money from her, stating she had harmed their cars and truck.
“I stated ‘I’m not paying you any cash I stated I didn’t hit your vehicle I’m not paying you any thing,'” Sesky stated.
While Iva was flustered and distracted, she states her wallet was taken, and hours later the suspects drained her bank and EBT accounts.
“Of all people I did not think I would get caught up in something like this, you simply cannot be sure. I thought I understood all the ins and outs, I thought I was pretty savvy, however they tricked me,” she stated.
Sesky states she recognized among the ladies who police apprehended as one of the suspects in her case.
“Makes me makes me feel so great, since there’s just three more that aren’t out there that aren’t attacking the elderly,” she said.
The suspects were reported to have actually utilized a 2016 dark color Nissan Versa, a 2007 White Dodge Charger, a blue Mustang, and a tan color Toyota Sequoia in a few of the occasions.
Anybody who thinks they may have been a victim of this kind of criminal activity, or anyone with any details about these cases, or the identity of the exceptional suspects is prompted to contact Spring Valley Location Command Patrol Investigations Section at 702-828-2640. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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