Selma Woman Arrested for Allegedly Swindling Elderly Woman


By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom-- A Selma woman is arrested for allegedly trying to swindle an elderly woman out of her car-- and her house.

Dorita Lynn West of Selma is behind bars charged with 2 Counts of 1st Degree Theft of Property.

Police Chief William Riley says West befriended the woman-then took her car under false pretense and sold it without her permission.

He says an investigation into the incident revealed that West was also trying to sell the woman's house.

"Of course she was astonished and caught off guard and indicated that she gave noone any permission to sell any of her property, her land, her car or anything. It was at that point, of course we recognized then that this is a serious problem, it appears that Miss West is preying on this elderly resident," said Riley.

Eighty-seven year old victim Naomi Rogers Randolph says she can't believe this has happened.

"She took the car here supposedly for safe keeping to keep other people from bothering the car," said Randolph. "I am very angry, I'm angry with myself most of all for having allowed it to happen."

West is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $120,000 dollars bond with a hold for probation.

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Deborah L said on Tuesday, Sep 11 at 10:26 PM

How terrible that a person can take advantage of person and no one be the wiser. Hope they double the sentence on her for her theft.

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