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ELDERLY VICTIM TURNS TABLES ON CON MEN

BSO Case Number: BS02-12-4691
PIO Number: 02-12-22
Date: December 10, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 2961 NW 1st Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL

Victim(s):

  • Carl Hirdler, 87, 2961 NW 1st Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL

Suspect(s):

  • Raymond McMillin, 62, 7/22/40, 16763 95th Ave. N., Jupiter, FL
  • Forrest A. Parker, 72, 3/4/32, 8117 Morganford Rd., St. Louis, MO

Description of Incident:

A couple of con men are in the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail after being outsmarted by their elderly victim.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 87-year old Carl Hirdler of Pompano Beach got a phone call from a man identifying himself as Broward Sheriff's Office Major Rick Frey. The caller said BSO was investigating a dishonest teller at Mr. Hirdler’s bank and asked the elderly man to help. Mr. Hirdler could assist the authorities, the caller said, by going to the bank and withdrawing $4,150. The money, the caller said, would then be used as evidence against the crooked teller. Mr. Hirdler played along with the ruse, hung up the phone and immediately called detectives at the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Later that day, with detectives following, Mr. Hirdler went to his bank to get the money requested by the bogus Major. On the way there, detectives spotted the suspects following their intended victim. Detectives watched as Mr. Hirdler retrieved funds from the bank and headed back home, the con men trailing him the whole time.

On Wednesday, December 11, 2002, Mr. Hirdler received several calls from the fake Major. The scammer said his “Chief of Security” would come to Hirdler’s home shortly to pick up the money. Mr. Hirdler said he understood, hung up the phone, and, along with two BSO detectives, waited.

Minutes later, the “Chief of Security”, also known as 72-year old Forrest Allan Parker, knocked on Hirdler’s door, was invited in, and promptly arrested by the detectives. At the same time, around the corner from the Hirdler home, other detectives converged on the car of Parker’s partner, 62-year old Raymond McMillin.

McMillin, of 16763 95th Avenue N. in Jupiter, Florida and Parker of 8117 Morganford Road in St. Louis, Missouri, face numerous charges, including Exploitation of the Elderly, Grand Theft, and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.

Detectives say the crooked pair may be responsible for two similar cases recently in South Florida and may have plied their scam in other states like Oklahoma and Missouri. Anyone who may have been approached by Parker or McMillin should contact Detective Mitch Gordon at (954) 786-4201 or Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. M. Gordon & D. Howell, C Letzelter,D. Colburn, & M. Lott
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 12/12/02 1:00 p.m.

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