Man Caught In Act Attempting To Scam Long Island Woman Of Thousands, Police Say

A suspect was caught in the act attempting to scam a Long Island woman out of thousands of dollars, according to police.

Edward Rodriguez

Edward Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Department

According to Nassau County Police Department detectives, an 88-year-old Seaford woman received a phone call from an unknown man at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 

The man stated he was her grandson and was under arrest, according to police. He further stated his attorney would be contacting her. 

A short time later, another man, claiming to be an attorney, called the victim and told her she needed to pay $4,500 to bail out her grandson. She was instructed to leave the money in the mailbox in front of her residence.

The victim contacted police who advised her to place the money in the mailbox as requested in an attempt to apprehend the suspect.

Edward Rodriguez, 22, of the Bronx, showed up in an off-road style motorcycle and attempted to retrieve the money, police said. He was apprehended by Seventh Squad detectives with the assistance of the Bureau of Special Operations police officers.

Rodriguez was charged with third-degree grand larceny (attempt). He will be arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at First District Court in Hempstead.

Detectives request anyone who may have been a victim of such an incident contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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