In the first incident, at 40th and Chestnut Streets, a student was approached by an actor who stated that he was new to the United States and in need of assistance regarding lodgings. A woman entered the conversation posing as a sympathetic passer-by. Ultimately, the student was asked to place her jewelry and cash into a handkerchief along with what was represented as $5,000 in cash. The student was asked to hold the handkerchief for the actor until he obtained secure lodgings. The handkerchief given to the student contained only a roll of paper.
In the second scenario, a female actor, described below, has approached individuals at 32nd and Market Streets during the evening hours requesting help with a dead car battery. The actor has successfully obtained cash, supposedly to purchase a new car battery, and has prefaced her requests by falsely stating that she is an employee of the Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut Street.
Persons with information regarding the two incidents described above may contact the Penn Police Department at the below-listed telephone numbers:
Penn Police: 898-7297
Penn Detectives: 898-4485
Victim Support: 898-4481/6600
--Officer Ann Haines and Lt. Susan Holmes
Volume 42 Number 30
April 30, 1996
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