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BSO PUTS SCAMMER IN THE SLAMMER

CON ARTIST POSED AS UTILITY WORKER, STOLE WEDDING RING FROM ELDERLY COUPLE

BSO Case Number: PD09-01-00673
PIO Number: 14-4-2 (09-2-1)
Date: 01-28-09
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 9417 Aston Gardens Ct. #202, Parkland
Jurisdiction: Parkland

Victim(s):

  • Ethel Sommer, age 87; Dave Sommer, age 91, Parkland

Suspect(s):

  • Perry Miller, (AKA Anthony Miller, Archie Miller, Nick Costello) male, 48, 10-6-65, 5220 S.W. 4 St, Plantation




Description of Incident:

After five years of avoiding law enforcement, a prolific scam artist is behind bars for taking advantage of a trusting Parkland couple in 2009.

Detectives believe that Perry Miller, who also calls himself Anthony Miller, Archie Miller and Nick Costello and uses various dates of birth, has been conning people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties for years. He commonly poses as a repairman or utility worker to gain access to the homes of his elderly victims. Seminole Police officers arrested him late Monday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on BSO and Hillsboro Beach warrants for burglary with battery and grand theft from an elderly victim. He also faces charges for crimes in Boynton Beach. Seminole police also charged him with possession of morphine.

In January 2009, as Ethel and Dave Sommer, then ages 87 and 91, returned home from grocery shopping, they encountered Miller. He had a walkie-talkie and said he was there to test the water in their building. The couple later told a detective that the man seemed to be “very nice,” even helping them unload their groceries, so they let him into their apartment. As he pretended to test the water, Miller spilled some on the woman’s hands. He told her it was acid and to remove her rings and immediately wash her hands. She took off her engagement ring and wedding band, both platinum and diamond-studded, left them in the bathroom and went to the kitchen to wash her hands. When she went back to the bathroom to shut off the faucet, Miller and her rings were gone. The engagement ring, with a 4-carat diamond, is worth approximately $100,000. The wedding band is worth $4,000.

Anyone who believes they were victimized by Miller or law enforcement officers seeking additional information about Miller can contact BSO Detective Todd Christie at (954) 753-5050 or anonymously report information to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. Todd Christie, Parkland
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 4/3/14 1300

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