It was not how Maurice Wade and Delores Johnston-Wade wanted to spend their anniversary, but a man conned his way into getting Maurice to drive him around on a shopping spree.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
His name is Maurice Wade. He's 88, and suffers from dementia.
He's lucky to be safe and sound after a slick crook talked Wade into taking him on a wild shopping spree.
"I just thought this was an overly-friendly guy," Wade's wife, Delores Johnston-Wade, said.
Delores Johnston-Wade is talking about that crook, the man who approached her inside the Dollar General store at 5000 East Linwood while her husband was waiting outside keeping the car warm for her.
"He asked my age, and flattered me by saying that I didn't look 80. Then, he asked me how old my husband was and I told him. I thought that he knew me and I thought I should know him. Of course, I'm a trusting person and I fell for it. I know I shouldn't have," Delores Johnston-Wade told KCTV5 News.
The crook then went outside and approached Maurice Wade, tricking him with information he had just gotten from his wife.
"He told me we were friends and he had seen me before in church," Maurice Wade said.
"He said my wife wanted him to go with me and take him around to do some shopping. So, that's what we spent the afternoon doing," he continued.
Delores Johnston-Wade said she came out of the Dollar General and says that her husband was gone. She knew he wouldn't just drive way, so she immediately thought something was wrong.
She said she went back in the store and called police. Surveillance video caught the suspect getting into the passenger seat of the car with Maurice Wade.
Police searched for several hours before pulling the car over at 31st Street and Cyprus Avenue.
Nineteen-year-old Brian Redmond was arrested. He was charged with stealing and possession of drugs. Police said Redmond used Maurice Wade's credit card to buy new tennis shoes and clothing. They also said they found a bag of marijuana in the front seat.
Fortunately, they also found Maurice Wade unharmed.
"I was so grateful because it was disconcerting to me. The tension was building. I was having difficulty with my stability," he said.
To Redmond, the man who police said used his charm to trick this elderly couple, Delores Johnston-Wade had this message.
"I would say you have no conscience. I feel sorry for you. Maybe you didn't have the good upbringing that my husband and I had. I will pray for you that someday you will have a change of heart," she said.
Delores and Maurice Wade met in a home for seniors, and married after losing their spouses.
What's more, on Tuesday, when the crime occurred, they were celebrating their second anniversary. It did spoil their special day, but they both said they are just happy to have been reunited safely.
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