Authorities looking for suspect in puppy purchase scam

Authorities looking for suspect in puppy purchase scam

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who is accused of using a puppy to scam someone.

According to reports, on October 18, the victim, a resident of Silver Springs, MD, contacted authorities in reference to a MoneyGram theft in the purchase of a puppy online.

The victim told authorities on September 28, she agreed to purchase a puppy from someone she met online.

After agreeing on the price of the puppy, the victim sent a MoneyGram for $730 to the seller of the puppy.

According to the victim's statement, she was contacted by the seller after sending the first MoneyGram and was told she needed to send additional funds for the shipping cost.

The victim says she then sent an additional $1,071 to the seller.

After sending the second MoneyGram, the victim had no further contact with the seller.

Detectives subpoenaed MoneyGram and learned the $730 MoneyGram was picked up at the Albertsons on College Drive, while the $1,071 MoneyGram was picked up at Wal-Mart on Burbank Drive. The victim is claiming a total loss of $1,801.

According to surveillance footage obtained by the EBRSO, the suspect is described as a black male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect is acksed to contact the EBRSO at 225-389-5009. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867.

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