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Three men arrested in 'pigeon drop' scam

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Lake Charles authorities are investigating a "pigeon drop" scam.

According to the Lake Charles Police Department, on Friday at 10:06 a.m., off-duty Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief Mark Kraus witnessed a scam in progress.  

Kraus reportedly called for additional officers and this led to the arrest and incarceration of three men from Houston, Texas. 

Authorities said the investigation revealed that the victim, an elderly Lake Charles resident, was approached by a suspect, later identified as Jerome Watts, who appeared to have a Jamaican accent. 

Watts told the victim that he had received a large court settlement for the death of his brother, authorities said.

Watts reportedly showed the victim a large amount of cash and advised the victim would receive $5,000 cash for his assistance if he would help him. 

"This is an inherent tactic employed during this particular scam," authorities said in a release. "In the end result of this ploy, the suspects make off with their original money as well as some of the victims."

With the assistance of Kraus, the responding officer, Sergeant John Benoit, was able to locate the suspect vehicle in the 4000 block of Nelson Road. 

Authorities said further investigation by the officers resulted in the arrest of Johnson Clark McTear, Jerome Watts and James Jenkins.

All suspects were from the Houston Texas area and all have been charged with attempted theft and conspiracy to commit theft. 

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