Springfield Police Seek Suspect Who Allegedly Stole $10K from Elderly Woman
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Police is looking for the public’s help in locating a woman they allege stole over $10,000 from an elderly woman.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that an arrest warrant has been issued for 58-year-old Linda Nadeau, whose last known address was on Centre Street in Springfield.
Delaney explains that the elderly victim had advertised that she was selling her trailer in a city trailer park and was contacted by Nadeau.
Nadeau reportedly explained that she was going through a hardship and was about to get a $500,000 settlement.
Investigators say that the victim felt bad for Nadeau and allowed her to stay at her home with her husband until that settlement came through.
Over the next several weeks, the victim’s bank, debit, and credit cards were stolen, during which time, police allege that Nadeau made withdrawals across the area, totaling $10,000 in cash.
Delaney adds that the victim was also reportedly given a glass of wine at night by Nadeau, that the victim alleges contained some sort of drug that “made her groggy and pass out.”
Finally, police say that Nadeau told the victim that the settlement had came, that $83,000 was given to the victim’s realtor in South Carolina – where she had planned to relocate – and that the balance of her money from the purchase of the trailer would be waiting in South Carolina when the victim got there.
Upon checking with her realtor, it was then that the victim realized she had been swindled.
“During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Mrs. Linda Nadeau is not new to this game and there are other victims out there who suffered the same type of loss at her devious crime,” Delaney adds.
Nadeau is described as a white female, about 5′ 6″ tall, weighs about 155 pounds, and has black hair.
Investigators believe that Nadeau may be staying with her husband at a local hotel or motel, possibly in West Springfield, Springfield, and Chicopee.
Anyone with information is asked to call your local police department, Springfield Police Det. James Gormally at (413) 787-6352, or you can ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637) and in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.