A Dearborn Heights woman was shoved by two crooks on April 19 into thinking they had found a briefcase filled with $100,000 in cash near Advance America, 8607 Telegraph Road in Dearborn Heights, and asked her to provide $10,000 in “good faith” money, after they would split the Finder’s Reward with her.
The saga began when she left the Randazzo Fruit and Vegetable Market, 24135 Joy Road, and saw a stranger take a briefcase near the driver’s side door of her vehicle. He asked her if the briefcase was his, and when she said no, the man opened the briefcase, revealing that it was full of money.
His accomplice then approached and suggested that the woman wait there while they checked with the nearby Advance America store to see if the money belonged to the company or one of the customers.
The two then returned, said the money was not counterfeit, and that an Advance America employee wanted to see $10,000 in good faith money from the woman to reassure them.
The woman then withdrew $9,500 from her financial institution and gave it to the couple, who allegedly returned to Advance America to complete the transaction. However, they disappeared with the woman’s money and an Advance America employee said the couple never entered the store.
The couple, a man and a woman, were both black. The man weighed 180 to 185 pounds, was approximately 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in tall and wore a dark colored jacket. The woman was about 5 feet 5 inches tall.