A woman reported being defrauded of more than $10,000 during a “pigeon drop” fraud Tuesday.
She told police she was at Walmart when she was approached by a woman who claimed to have just found a bag with a large amount of money.
The woman who claimed to have found the money asked to sit in the victim’s car for safety since she had the cash on her. The victim contacted a man who the money supposedly belonged to.
Baytown police spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris said that while in the car, the suspect told the complainant there was a large reward for the money and she would split the reward with her, but the male on the phone wanted them to put some money in so he would know he could trust them.
The woman then withdrew a large amount of money from her bank and put it in the bag. The suspect then took the bag and said she was going to withdraw money from her own bank.
However, neither she nor the money returned.
The pigeon drop scam is one in which the victim is persuaded to put up money in order to get the right to get something even more valuable.
It often has the context of someone having found cash or other valuables such as jewelry.
A man called police to report he was in an online conversation about buying a travel trailer when the seller got upset and claimed to be a Baytown detective.
• A man reported finding a bullet hole in the front door of his apartment in the 2700 block of Ward Road when he returned home about 2 a.m. Tuesday. No one was injured and the man said he did not know why anyone would shoot at his apartment.
• A woman reported hearing two men arguing, then shots fired, in the 700 block of Carnegie Street about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police found three spent shotgun shells in the roadway, but no signs of anyone being struck.
• Cash and jewelry were reported stolen from a residence in the 1200 block of Northwood Drive Tuesday.
• A fleet gas card was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Pruett Street Monday night.
• A 16-foot utility trailer with Louisiana license J68124 was reported stolen from the 7200 block of Eastpoint early Tuesday morning. The thieves were reported to be in a light-colored Chevy or GMC truck.
• A blue 2007 Ford Mustang was reported stolen in the 800 block of Alford Avenue Tuesday.
• A cell phone was reported stolen by an employee of a business in the 1600 block of West Baker Road Tuesday morning.
• A television was reported stolen from a bar in the 1800 block of West Main Street Monday night.