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Con artists take Granger man's money, wallet

A 36-year-old Granger man was scammed out of his wallet and its contents, by a man posing as a security officer and his accomplice this past Friday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m.

According to Sunnyside Police Det. Sgt. Joe Guillen, the victim was contacted inside the Sunnyside Wal-Mart store by one of the suspects posing as a shopper. The suspect dropped his wallet, getting the victim's attention. Making contact with the victim, Guillen said the suspect forced the victim to go outside. Guillen said the suspect threatened to hurt the victim.

Once outside a second suspect contacted the two men, identifying himself as store security.

The second suspect flashed a badge and was carrying a hand-held radio, said Guillen.

"He told the two men that he was investigating an in-store theft and that he needed to see the men's wallets," said Guillen.

Both the victim and the second suspect handed their wallets over to the "security guard," who then made up an excuse for needing to go inside the store.

Guillen said the second suspect left to go find the security guard, leaving the victim alone.

The victim reported the incident, which Guillen said is similar to another case that occurred last summer at J.C. Penney. Both cases have targeted young Hispanic males as the victims.

One of the suspects was last seen in Wal-Mart and the other was walking away from the store.

Guillen said the suspects, one described as a 28-year-old clean shaven Hispanic male with a black shirt and black pants, and the other as a 30 to 35-year-old scruffy looking Hispanic male, are on store security tape.

"We are currently trying to identify them," said Guillen.

The suspects were able to leave with a substantial amount of cash.

Anyone with information on the case can call Guillen at 836-6205.

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