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Teller keeps senior from becoming a victim

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Perry Manor is a neighborhood surrounded by mature trees and chirping birds. Nestled in this south side community are a number of senior citizens.

“This is just an older neighborhood. Most of these homes were built in the 1950s,” said Perry Manor resident Patrick Manes.

Early this week a woman in her late 80s received a knock on the door. On the other side of the door stood a man demanding $3,000 in cash from the woman.

The mysterious man told the woman he just finished fixing her roof and he needed to be paid. He then told the woman to get in his vehicle as he drove her to a Regions Bank to get the cash.

Once there, an alert teller noticed something odd about the man and the woman so she called police.

Officers arrived after the suspect fought off others to get out of the bank. Police have vague description of the suspect. He drove away in a white Dodge or Ford pickup truck with paper tags.

“It’s terrible, it’s shocking,” said Resident Nick Konduris. “I hope that guy doesn’t come back around now that police and neighbors are aware that stuff like that is going on,” said Konduris.

Regions Bank released a brief statement:

“We have procedures in place to identify, investigate and report financial exploitation of older adults. We train our branch associates to spot the warning signs and we work with law enforcement to stop the cycle.”

Some of the techniques tellers use includes looking out for numerous new withdrawals in a senior’s account. Tellers also look out for controlling relatives or caregivers making demands of the senior.

Police will take your tips in this investigation. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or 317-262-8477.

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