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Police: Two Busted Stealing Thousands In Alleged Granny Scam In Westchester

Anthony Suriel Photo Credit: Ossining Police Department
Carlos P. Mencia Espinal Photo Credit: Ossining Police Department
Police officers in Ossining recovered thousands of dollars from two men believed to be operating a "granny scam." Photo Credit: Ossining Police Department
Police officers in Ossining recovered thousands of dollars from two men believed to be operating a "granny scam." Photo Credit: Ossining Police Department

Two men were taken into custody by officers in Northern Westchester after operating an alleged granny scam using a vacant home, police said.

Officers on patrol near an unoccupied house in Ossining on Yates Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 19, were put on alert when they spotted a car pull up, a man retrieve a package from the property and go back to the car.

Police said that they then saw two men in the car open the package and start counting cash, in what appears to be a “granny scam," since the money had been sent to California.

The officers approached the two men, who were found to be in possession of a second package that contained $8,932 in cash, leading to further investigation.

An investigation into the cash led to the arrests of Anthony Suriel, 35, and Carlos Mecia Espinal, 30, both of the Bronx, who were charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies.

Both men were arraigned in the Town of Ossining Justice Court late on Thursday and released.

“It’s likely that many more of these incidents happen than we are able to find,” investigators noted. “It is so important for neighbors to look out for one another and call us when you see something suspicious.”

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