Police searching for clues related to alleged rental property scam

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police are searching for a pair of thieves responsible for a unique home rental scam.

The two alleged suspects, a man and a woman, have convinced multiple victims to hand over thousands of dollars in security deposits, according to officials.

Police say the suspects would actually use legitimate rental properties and then lure in their victims by pretending to be the homeowner.

Getting on Craigslist and searching for home rentals, a metro mom found a home and contacted the person who claimed to be the owner.

"I got a lease. I got a key and a receipt," said Syrah Pollard. "I went to go open the door and I couldn't get in."

After she couldn't open the door, Syrah also got a call confirming she'd been ripped off.

"After I signed the lease, I got a call from OG&E that there were two people trying to set up utilities at the same place," said Pollard.

The alleged suspects also conned another couple trying to move into a home on S.W. 90th St.

Police say the alleged crooks even gave the victims an illegal tour of the homes.

"In at least one case, they broke into the home and took paperwork, so it looked official," said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Unfortunately for Syrah, she paid the rental scam suspects $1,200 for a security deposit.

"Me and my family, we ended up with no place to stay," said Pollard. "It was heartbreaking because then I had to explain to my kids that I paid for this house and we don't have a home."

The alleged suspects were caught on surveillance cameras at OCCC, where they allegedly met one of the victims.

"I pray I don't run into them because I would lose it, because they hurt my family," said Pollard.

Anyone with information on the two alleged suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300.

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