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Police Bust Man Who Phone Scammed Elderly Long Beach Man Out of Over $5,000

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The Fourth Squad reports a Grand Larceny arrest that occurred on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 3:10pm in N. Long Beach.
According to Detectives, the male victim, 88, while inside his residence, received a telephone call from an unknown male stating that his grandson was in an accident and needed money.
The caller instructed the victim to put $5500.00 US currency in a package, label it with M2125 and that a person named Richard wearing a brown hat would come to pick it up.
The Victim confirmed that his grandson was not in an accident and contacted the Police.
When ‘Richard’ arrived and asked for the package, the victim handed it to him. At that time Detectives identified themselves and the subject began to flee the scene. As the Detectives were placing the subject into custody he began to resist being handcuffed. No injuries were reported.
Detectives arrested Defendant Larry Urtarte, 28, of 953 E. 28th Street Paterson New Jersey. He is charged with Attempted Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree, and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.

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