West Melbourne Police Collar Flim-Flam Man
By Space Coast Daily // May 24, 2012
Con Man Busted
BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – West Melbourne Police have arrested Eugene Brown of Jacksonville, 65, on charges of Grand Theft from persons 65 years or older and robbery.
The arrest is based on two separate incidents allegedly involving the suspect that occurred on June 7, 2010 and June 23, 2010 in West Melbourne.
On June 7, 2010 , police say Eugene Brown allegedly approached an 80-year-old woman in the Publix parking lot on Palm Bay Road while she was leaving the grocery store.
Brown and another man told her they found a wallet containing $60,000 and would share it with her if she withdrew $5,000 from her bank account to show that she could sustain herself for a month.
She said did not want any of the found money and did not have $5,000.
The men told her to get into a car and she complied out of fear.
They drove her to Bank of America, 3003 West New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne.
She observed what she believed was a handgun in the pocket of one of the men and so she complied with their demands and withdrew $3000 and gave it to them.
He was approached by two men and told to get into their car.
They drove around a while then made him empty his pockets and wallet.
The suspects implied they had a gun and threatened to kill him if he did not comply. They stole his $1,200.
On March 3, Palm Bay Police arrested Eugene Brown in the WalMart parking lot after he tried to con an elderly victim with the Pigeon Drop scam.
West Melbourne detectives noted the similarity of Brown and his actions to the description of the suspect in West Melbourne’s June 7, 2010 grand theft and scam attempt and the June 23, 2010 robbery.
The 80-year-old woman identified Brown in a photo lineup as one of the men who tried to scam her and who took her $3000.
Brown has been implicated in the June 23, 2010 robbery through fingerprints left on the victim’s car door.
West Melbourne Police Commander Steve Wilkinson said Brown’s accomplice has not been identified so far.