Fairfield Police Arrest two men involved in a “Granny Scam”

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Fairfield Police have arrested two men they say scammed an elderly woman out of thousands.

On Wednesday afternoon, a resident on Sterling Street reported that she received a suspicious package in the mail containing over $4,000 in cash.

Investigators determined that earlier in the day, the package was handed off to a male wearing a FedEx shirt who claimed it was delivered to the wrong address.

The resident gave the package to the male, but thought it was suspicious and called police. 

On Thursday morning, the same resident called authorities to report that another package was delivered to her door yet again. The resident spotted a male walking away from his vehicle to approach the home.

Police quickly responded and located the vehicle a short distance away. The second package contained another $8,000 in cash.

They arrested 31-year-old Carlos Morel-Abreu and 29-year-old Jose Mercedes-Sanchez, both of Patterson, New Jersey.

Further investigation discovered an elderly female was scammed from Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus woman received a phone call a few days prior where a caller gave her a story that her son was arrested in Connecticut and money was needed to bail him out of jail. The woman, convinced of this story, packaged up the cash and followed the directions given by the caller.

Subsequently, the woman received another call where the caller requested an additional amount of cash. 

The Fairfield Detectives Bureau is currently arranging the return of the recovered $8,000 to the elderly woman. 

If you have any information regarding this scam, you are urged to call Fairfield Police at (203) 254-4840. 

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