REDDING (CBS13) – Authorities say a Northern California woman not only suffered serious injuries in a crash, she also had her purse stolen at the scene.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old Carole Hardcastle was involved in a crash on Highway 299 near Kern Drive in community of Bella Vista back on Sept. 8. She had to be hospitalized in the ICU for four days due to injuries she sustained.
However, deputies say Hardcastle was further victimized before she was even transported from the crash scene.
Family members told deputies they got a phone call from someone at the scene of the crash claiming to be a nurse. The woman on the line asked for the passcode to Hardcastle’s phone, claiming that she needed to access her medical info.
The caller eventually identified herself as a woman named Candace Wade and claimed she would give back Hardcastle’s purse at the hospital. But, when family got the hospital, Wade never showed up.
After fraudulent transactions began to be posted on Hardcastle’s debit card, her family contacted authorities.
Detectives used surveillance cameras at the Redding-area businesses where Hardcastle’s debit card was used and quickly identified two more suspects: Sherri Perez and William Daniels.
Authorities arrested Perez and Daniels on Wednesday. A search of their Shasta Lake residence reportedly uncovered evidence linking the pair to the fraudulent purchases, plus more evidence allegedly linking Wade to the original theft of Hardcastle’s purse.
Perez and Daniels were booked at Shasta County Jail and are facing numerous charges. Authorities still have not been able to find Wade and are asking anyone who knows where she might be to contact them at (530) 245-6540.