Saturday September 22nd, 2018 6:06AM

Police: Men used religious plea to steal money from man in Winder

By Brian Stewart Reporter

Winder Police are working to identify two men who allegedly appealed to a man's religious beliefs to scam him out of a "large sum of money."

Two men apparently followed the victim in a store, and approached him while he was shopping, said Lt. Chris Cooper in a statement.

"One man asked the victim about his religious beliefs, and then told him how they raised money for needy children. The two men convinced the victim to make a monetary donation to a children's charity, and also offered to pray over the money as a way of making the money increase in quantity," said Cooper.

The men allegedly went with the victim to the bank, as he withdrew the "large sum of cash" and put it into an envelope.

The suspects wrapped the envelope in a "prayer cloth" and told the victim they would pray over the money to be multiplied, convincing the victim not to open the envelope until he got home, lest the prayer not work.

"The victim later discovered that the men had apparently swapped the envelope filled with cash with another envelope filled with newspaper while they were praying," said Cooper.

The suspects are not believed to be from the Winder area.

The victim is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the their arrest.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Winder Police.

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