‘Witch Doctor’ Scams Vero Beach Woman Out of $10K

Man approaches woman at Marshalls promising good fortune in Vero Beach, Florida.
Man approaches woman at Marshalls promising good fortune in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – Police say a woman was scammed out of approximately $10,000 in jewelry and credit cards by a man claiming to be a “Witch Doctor” in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Rene Rodriguez says a man approached her on Sept. 4th at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Marshalls, located at 5915 20th Street in Vero Beach.

Rodriguez said the man said he was a “Witch Doctor” and promised to bring her family good luck. The man asked for $200 up front.

“In the next weeks to come, the man scammed Rene out of approximately $10,000 in jewelry and credit card debt,” the deputy said.

The only suspect information is that he a Hispanic male, wearing white pants and a dark shirt, drives an older black Cadillac Escalade. The man may be living in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.