Police believe 'Grandparent Scam' arrest will lead to more

Dan Levy
Updated: October 22, 2019 07:24 PM
Created: October 22, 2019 12:55 PM

A man from the Bronx is under arrest in connection with the "Grandparent Scam" in Colonie.

Colonie Police Lieutenant Bob Winn says making an arrest in a scheme like this is extremely rare, and in fact, because of the success in this case, he believes it will lead to more arrests.


Kelvin Pichardo, 23, of the Bronx is being held in the Albany County Jail, charged with third-degree grand larceny as a hate crime, and third-degree attempted grand larceny.

According to police, Pichardo was preying on the elderly -- which is why he's been charged with a hate crime.

He's been allegedly contacting people, telling them their grandchild has been in some sort of accident and needs money, or that their grandchild has been arrested and needs bail money.

He asks them to send $9,000 which, unfortunately, several Capital Region victims did do.

However, there was one targeted person who contacted Colonie police. They were able to put together a bait package and personally deliver it to the suspect. When they did, they had their man. However, the investigation is far from over.

Lt. Winn says if anyone is suspicious of an encounter like the ones that have been described to contact a relative, or a friend, or police, and verify the information you're being given.

Hear about why Lt. Winn thinks some victims may still be out there who haven't come forward, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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