Tampa police seek help catching scammer targeting elderly
Police are pursuing a man who has been taking advantage of elderly women by posing as a law enforcement officer in the east Tampa area. Rebrant Dwayne Bryant, 52, is wanted on charges of falsely impersonating an officer, exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. Detectives identified Bryant as a suspect in three separate scams. In each case, Bryant identified himself as a detective investigating fraud and urged the elderly women to cooperate. Here are the details:- 12:01 p.m. April 3, 812 East Palm Ave. Bryant told a 70-year-old woman he was investigating her for possessing counterfeit money. The victim gave him $380 to check. Bryant told her the money was fake and talked her into riding with him to her bank so he could inspect the rest of her money. He then took her to two more banks, but she refused to make any withdrawals. - 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 3308 East 24th Ave. The victim was an 86-year-old woman. Bryant did not get any money. - 2:01 p.m. Feb. 22, 4912 North 42nd St. The victim was a 91-year-old woman. Bryant got $1,300. Bryant has been arrested in 11 states for similar scams and drug charges including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Maryland and Wisconsin. Police are asking that anyone who believes they are a victim of Bryant, or knows where he is, to call detectives at (813) 231-6130.