2 women accused of scamming special needs worker at Scottsdale Fry’s

Oct 17, 2022, 3:00 PM
From left, Pearl Mitchell and Paradise Adams (Scottsdale Police Department Photos)...
From left, Pearl Mitchell and Paradise Adams (Scottsdale Police Department Photos)
(Scottsdale Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX – Two women have been arrested for allegedly scamming a Scottsdale grocery store worker with special needs out of his wallet and then using his debit card to spend hundreds of dollars, authorities said Monday.

Paradise Adams and Pearl Mitchell were each booked on three counts — theft of credit card, credit card fraud and theft — according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

The women, both 18, allegedly approached the victim in the parking lot of the Fry’s Food And Drug at Shea Boulevard and 90th Street on Sept. 25 and convinced him to exchange his wallet for a nonworking iPhone.

Police say the suspects kept the wallet and later used the victim’s debit card to spend more than $700.

Detectives identified Adams and Mitchell as suspects during an investigation that included eight search warrants, police said.

Adams was arrested in Phoenix on Oct. 7, and Mitchell was arrested in Phoenix a week later.

Police said the suspects knew the victim had special needs when they approached him in the parking lot while he was working.

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2 women accused of scamming special needs worker at Scottsdale Fry’s