Woman Asking for Help Robs 84-Year-Old of Life Savings

Suspect asked for help cashing check to feed young children: police

By Darcy Spencer
|  Friday, Jan 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 AM EDT
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A robber used young children to help take advantage of an elderly woman in Montgomery County, Md., last week.

Darcy Spencer

A robber used young children to help take advantage of an elderly woman in Montgomery County, Md., last week.

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UPDATE - Linda McCorkle was arrested on January 27 in New York City for the incident.  Police located McCorkle after receiving an anonymous tip. -

A robber used young children to help take advantage of an elderly woman in Montgomery County, Md., last week, according to police.

The 84-year-old victim said she was robbed of her life savings by a woman claiming she needed help cashing a check at a bank. The culprit approached the victim at Murry’s Steaks in Takoma Park about noon Thursday with two toddlers and an infant in tow. She said the children hadn’t eaten in days.

“That’s the only thing that stopped me, to help the children,” the victim said.

She agreed to drive the culprit a mile-and-a-half to a Bank of America on New Hampshire Avenue in Langley Park. The children stayed behind with another woman.

Once in the car, the robber changed her story.

“She told the victim she had a gun and threatened to shoot the victim if the victim did not withdraw several thousand dollars,” police said.

Inside the bank, the culprit stood next to the victim as she made the transaction. Surveillance video showed the robber shoving the victim out the door after the transaction.

The victim was forced to drive back to Murry’s, where the robber left with the cash.

“I’m still scared,” the victim said Wednesday. “I keep looking around thinking they’re watching me, and that they will follow me home.”

Police identified 48-year-old Linda McCorkle, of Chillum, as a suspect after an anonymous tip to Crime Solvers.

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