A Florida couple is wanted for taking advantage of an elderly woman they had befriended and stealing her car to turn around and sell it on Craigslist.
Lake County sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate the pictured suspects, who they say stole a vehicle from an 88-year-old Leesburg woman under the guise of helping her.
Gary Johns and Gina Lopez befriended the 88-year-old victim at the Leesburg Wal-Mart in early November after approaching her in the parking lot and offering to fix some damage to her car.
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Over the following days, the couple gained access to the victim’s home, at which time detectives believe they stole the title to her car.
Johns ultimately sold the victim’s car on Craigslist, and the two suspects haven’t been located by detectives.
Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for the two, each being charged with exploitation of the elderly, grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property, and scheming to defraud.
“Need some extra cash for some last-minute Christmas shopping? Call CRIMELINE with information that helps get these two behind bars where they belong and you may end up with some,” said Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
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If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of these two, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 352-343-2101, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS, where you could be eligible for a cash reward. The two were last known to reside in Leesburg.