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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Janelle McGregor, Tampa Police Spokesperson
(813) 276-3773
 
Tampa Police Detectives Identify Police Impersonator in Elderly Scam
 
Tampa, FL April 11, 2013 -

Anyone who has recently seen Bryant or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130
Anyone with information on Bryant's whereabouts is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at
813-231-6130

1. INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 2/19/2013 at 10:30 AM
LOCATION: 3308 East 24th Avenue
VICTIM: 86-Year-Old B/F

2. INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 2/22/2013 at 2:01 PM
LOCATION: 4912 North 42nd Street
VICTIM: 91-Year-Old B/F

3. INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 4/3/2013 at 12:01 PM
LOCATION: 812 East Palm Avenue
VICTIM: 70-Year-Old B/F

SUSPECT: Rebrant Dwayne Bryant, B/M, DOB: 9/07/1960, At Large
CHARGES: Falsely Impersonating an Officer (2 Counts), Exploitation of the Elderly (2 counts) and Grand Theft (1 count)

DETAILS:

The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who posed as a law enforcement officer to extort money from elderly women. Detectives developed information which identified Rebrant Bryant as a suspect in three separate scams that took place in the East Tampa community. In all three cases, Bryant identified himself as a detective investigating fraud and urged the elderly women to cooperate with his “investigation.”

Bryant’s most recent scam took place on April 3, 2013. He told the 70-year-old victim that he was investigating her for possessing counterfeit money. The victim gave the suspect $380 so he could find out if the money was counterfeit. The suspect looked at the victim’s money and told her that it was fake. He talked her into riding with him to her banks so he could “inspect” the rest of her money. The suspect drove the victim to two banks, however, the woman refused to make any withdrawals. In a previous case that occurred on February 22, 2013, the suspect got away with $1300 from a 91-year-old woman. The suspect did not receive any money in the first reported case involving an 86-year-old woman.

The suspect has been arrested in eleven states for similar scams and drug charges. The states include; Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina Maryland and Wisconsin.

Tampa Police detectives believe the suspect may have victimized additional individuals. Anyone who has made contact with Bryant recently or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.

Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO


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