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A Reading man is charged by police with theft by deception after allegedly attempting to scam a Lancaster County woman. The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department charged Engerbert Perez Jimenez, 26, of Reading, with one felony count of theft by deception and one felony count of criminal attempt — theft by deception. Jimenez allegedly contacted an 82-year-old female in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, and used the ‘Bail Scam’ in an attempt to steal $15,000 from the victim. Jimenez contacted the victim through a phone call and used a cover story that he was an attorney, and her grandson was in desperate need of cash bail, claiming the grandson seriously injured another person in a vehicle crash. The woman withdrew the cash from her bank as instructed by Jimenez and surrendered the cash at a venue within Warwick Township. A second cash demand of $7,000 was demanded following the same method.The woman began to sense she was victim of a fraud after calling her grandson and learning that he was not in any legal trouble. The family of the victim proceeded to contact the Northern Lancaster County Regional police to report a fraud. Patrol officers and detectives surveilled the meeting place during the second transaction and were able to apprehend the accused and their vehicle. Investigators recovered the previously lost $8,000 in cash and prevented the loss of the $7,000. Jimenez was transported to the Lancaster County Prison for preliminary arraignment. The other occupants of the vehicle were a 26-year-old female from Reading, and an infant, who were released pending further investigation into the incident.

A Reading man is charged by police with theft by deception after allegedly attempting to scam a Lancaster County woman.

The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department charged Engerbert Perez Jimenez, 26, of Reading, with one felony count of theft by deception and one felony count of criminal attempt — theft by deception.

Jimenez allegedly contacted an 82-year-old female in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, and used the ‘Bail Scam’ in an attempt to steal $15,000 from the victim.

Jimenez contacted the victim through a phone call and used a cover story that he was an attorney, and her grandson was in desperate need of cash bail, claiming the grandson seriously injured another person in a vehicle crash.

The woman withdrew the cash from her bank as instructed by Jimenez and surrendered the cash at a venue within Warwick Township. A second cash demand of $7,000 was demanded following the same method.

The woman began to sense she was victim of a fraud after calling her grandson and learning that he was not in any legal trouble. The family of the victim proceeded to contact the Northern Lancaster County Regional police to report a fraud.

Patrol officers and detectives surveilled the meeting place during the second transaction and were able to apprehend the accused and their vehicle.

Investigators recovered the previously lost $8,000 in cash and prevented the loss of the $7,000.

Jimenez was transported to the Lancaster County Prison for preliminary arraignment.

The other occupants of the vehicle were a 26-year-old female from Reading, and an infant, who were released pending further investigation into the incident.

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