County police are looking for two women who swindled a Columbia resident out of $9,000 Friday at the Wilde Lake Village Green.
Police said the 56-year-old victim was approached in the shopping center by a woman who called to her, pretending to mistake her for a friend.
As the two began a conversation, a second woman approached with abag and asked if either had lost it. The bag contained bundles of cash, with $1,000 bills showing and a note on top saying, "$99,000."
The victim suggested turning it in to the center manager, but one ofthe two con artists said the manager would just keep it. She suggested taking the money to a lawyer friend in the Clark Building in Town Center, where they would divide it.
The victim agreed to put up $9,000 cash as security in exchange for a $20,000 check purported to befrom the lawyer.
She then was told to wait on the fifth floor of the Clark Building to meet the lawyer, and the duo agreed to meet herin a few moments. After five minutes, the woman went back outside tofind the car gone.
"People see the money -- the quick return of alarge amount of cash, and probably overlook things that are obviously suspicious," said county police spokesman Sgt. Gary Gardner of the elaborate scheme.
One of the con artists was described as a 5-foot-8-inch black woman weighing 170 pounds and wearing a black wig, navyblue raincoat and black shoes.
The other was said to be a 5-foot-3-inch black woman weighing 120 pounds and wearing a red wig, brown raincoat and brown shoes. They were driving a beige Chevrolet station wagon.
COMPOSITE PICTURE OF ROBBER RELEASED
County police this week released a composite picture of one of three men who tied up a man and his girlfriend at her Ellicott City home and robbed them of money, jewelry and her car last month.
Police said that on Jan. 7, three men armed with handguns forced their way into the man's apartment in the 5900 block of Watch Chain Way in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village. They bound him, then drove him to his girlfriend's home in the 9000 block of Dunloggin Road in Ellicott City.
The robbers entered the home, where they tied up the couple and took cash, jewelry and a BMW car, which later was recovered in Washington.
The suspect in the composite is described as a slender 25-year-old black man, about 5-foot-8, 150 to 160 pounds with dark complexion. He was wearing a darkleather jacket, black pants and black sneakers.
The other two menbeing sought are described as black men in their early 20s. One was said to be about 5-foot-5, 150 pounds with light complexion, wearing a three-quarter-length tan snow jacket, dark jeans and a green ski mask.
The other was reportedly about 5-foot-11, 230 pounds with crooked teeth and medium complexion and wearing tan pants, a dark jacket and a rolled-up black skull cap.
GLENWOOD MAN HURT IN CAR-TRUCK CRASH
A Glenwood man was injured when he turned left in front of a pickup truck on Route 32 in Glenelg Saturday afternoon, county police said.
Police said Raymond Fieghenne, 50, of the 3600 block of Sharp Road in Glenwood, was northbound on Route 32 when he attempted to turnleft at Burnt Woods Road in a 1981 Toyota Starlet. The Toyota was struck by a southbound pickup truck driven by Timothy McCleaf, 26, of Cascade in Washington County.
The pickup spun the Toyota, which then struck a Chevrolet Caprice station wagon stopped at a stop sign on Burnt Woods Road.
Fieghenne was flown by state police helicopter for treatment at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was released yesterday.
None of the two other vehicles' occupants were injured, police said.
Police said charges are pending further investigation.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
7000 block of Old Columbia Road: Someone pried screens open in an attempt to enter a home sometime between Jan. 11 and Feb. 22.
5455 Harper's Farm Road: Someone pried open the back door and ransacked theKinder Care Learning Center between 6 p.m. Friday and 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
6900 block of Deep Cup: A blue 1987 Oldsmobile station wagonwas stolen between 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday.
Quiet Hours Way:A 1986 Chevrolet Blazer stolen Feb. 17 was recovered Friday.
9600block of Corn Tassel Court: A man exposed himself on the rear deck of a house at midnight last Wednesday. He was described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, of medium build and wearing a navy blue ski mask and dark clothing.
10233 Castle Hill Court: A telephone, answering machine and adding machine were stolen from a construction trailer between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:18 p.m. Sunday.
Maryland Avenue: A Chevrolet Monte Carlo was stolen between 1 p.m. and1:45 Saturday and later recovered in Baltimore County.
8000 Main Street: The steering column of a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass was broken in an attempted theft between noon and 1:31 p.m. Saturday.
8559 U.S. 40: A red 1988 Acura Legend was stolen between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday.
7151 Brookdale Drive: A 1980 Toyota Celica was stolen from the Baltimore-Washington Auto Exchange between 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
9550 Gorman Road: A school under construction was entered and compound was thrown onto bathroom tiles between 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 7 a.m., Feb. 17.