DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Darlington Police are looking for two men who are accused of impersonating law enforcement officers to allegedly con an elderly victim out of $4,000 back in 2012.
Charles Henry Arms, 73, and Ramee Shabazz, 57, are facing charges of obtaining goods under false pretense, impersonating a law enforcement officer, and criminal conspiracy, according to a news release from the Darlington City Police Department.
On August 17, 2012, the men were outside of Carolina Bank on Orange Street in Darlington, and approached the victim, presenting themselves as law enforcement officers. According to the news release, the men persuaded the victim to withdraw $4,000 from his account so they could put the money in a safe at the Wal-Mart. Once the victim withdrew the money, Arms and Shabazz allegedly switched the envelope containing the money with an envelope full of paper towels. The victim did not discover the money was switched until he got home.
Authorities advise that you use caution when approached by subjects asking you to withdraw money in exchange for a larger amount.
"Remember, if it sounds too good to be true usually it is," stated Darlington Police spokeswoman Kimberly Nelson.
Darlington Police is asking the public's help in locating these subjects, who are wanted by other law enforcement agencies in North and South Carolina.
If you have any information that may lead to the arrest of these subjects, please contact the Darlington City Police Department at 843-398-4026.