Manatee sheriff asking for elderly victims of fraud to come forward

MANATEE -- The sheriff’s office is confident they have identified a couple that has been targeting elderly people for robberies, according to a media release.

While the case is still under investigation, detectives are asking any victims to come forward because, “with their history, it is highly likely that they have committed more thefts that went unreported,” the release said.

The couple, described to be in their early 20s, has been seen in the Bayshore Gardens/El Conquistador areas, in the southwestern portion of the county, driving a yellow pickup.

The media release states that one of the suspects will approach elderly residents about providing some kind of service, while the other goes through the house and steals valuables. Anyone who has been a victim of the couple or has information is asked to call (941) 747-3011, ext. 2260, to file a report.