Man tries to scam elderly woman in Schererville parking lot
Post-Tribune staff report December 19, 2012 3:56PM
Updated: January 21, 2013 3:56PM
A Birmingham, Ala., man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with attempted theft in connection with a scam on a 93-year-old woman.
Norman Lee Gladney Jr., 59, was charged in the Oct. 16 incident in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Schererville. The victim told police that an unidentified man approached her regarding a pouch he said contained $200,000 that he claimed to have found in front of her car. A second man, Gladney, then walked up and began talking with the first man, who handed off the bag and said he had to go into the store. They men acted as if they had never met before.
Gladney opened the bag for the woman and told her it contained $100 bills. Gladney eventually got into the woman’s car under the guise that he was in pain and needed to sit down. The first man returned, claimed that under a law enacted under President Kennedy they could keep the money as “finders keepers.”
The men directed her to drive to an area where there were fewer cars, then began asking her questions about her finances — whether she had money on her, how much money in her bank accounts, if she could get a cash advance and if she wanted $50,000 from the $200,000 they claimed would be split between her, the two men and a fourth person who was going to “clean” the money for them.
The woman eventually told the men that she wanted no part of the lost money and they should call the police and turn it in.
A bystander who witnessed the events asked the woman if she was OK and was able to provide a license plate number on the car that Gladney drove. The car was a 2012 Chevrolet Impala that had been rented on Oct. 5 from East Elmhurst, N.Y., and was to be returned to LaGuardia Airport in New York on Oct. 19.
The charge is punishable by six months to three years.