The Second Squad reports the Arrest of a New York, NY man for Grand Larceny that occurred on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:01 p.m. in Farmingdale.
According to detectives, a 91 year-old female received a phone call from an unknown female claiming to be her granddaughter. The subject further stated that she was arrested in Haiti. The female caller then passed the phone to a man posing as a Sergeant who told the victim that she needed to withdraw $9,000 U.S. currency to pay bail. She was then told to put said money in the mail box in front of her residence. After retrieving the money from the bank, the victim became suspicious and contacted her granddaughter, who was at work. The victim then contacted police. Police responded and advised her to place the money in the mailbox as requested in an attempt to apprehend the subject.
A short time later, defendant Guillermo Fernandez, 31, of 206 Audubon Ave., showed up in a gray 2013 Honda Accord and approached the mailbox. After going into the mailbox to retrieve the money, he was apprehended.
Defendant Fernandez is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree. He will be arraigned on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at First District Court, Hempstead. The investigation is ongoing.
Detectives request anyone that feels they may have been a victim to the above scam contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or call 911. All callers will remain anonymous.
Details by: Det. Siddiqi/2nd Squad 10/05/18/2310/8751