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Redwood City Police Department
Monday March 18th, 2013 :: 05:00 p.m. PDT


Suspect Arrested for Theft by False Pretenses and Elder Abuse


DATE/ TIME: March 18, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

LOCATION: 2200 block of Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Suspect Arrested for Theft by False Pretenses
Elder Abuse – Theft by Fraud

SUSPECT: James Keeton, 62 year-old, Redwood City resident


On March 18, 2013 at approximately 9:00 AM, Suspect James Keeton was arrested at his residence in Redwood City on a felony warrant charging him with 13 counts of felony theft by false pretenses and elder abuse – theft by fraud.

After a lengthy three year investigation into the fraudulent actions of Keeton by the Redwood City Police Department, a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. Keeton had a consistent pattern of befriending his elderly victims and borrowing money from them under false pretenses. Keeton made no attempt to repay the victims and would cut off communication with them after obtaining their money. During the investigation, detectives were able to connect Keeton to multiple victims in several jurisdictions. Keeton would meet his victims through religious institutions and social clubs. The investigation revealed Keeton used premeditated and intentional fraud to obtain these loans from his elderly victims without any intention of repaying the loans.

Keeton was taken into custody through a coordinated investigation between the Redwood City Police Department, San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, Burlingame Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding Suspect Keeton or who was victimized by Suspect Keeton is encouraged to contact Detective Josh Chilton at 650-780-7141.

Lieutenant Sean Hart
Redwood City Police Department

Redwood City Police Department
1301 Maple St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-780-7100

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