CALEXICO — Police here arrested a 39-year-old Calexico woman on suspicion of extortion for allegedly demanding a $100 payment for return of a wallet to another woman who had lost the wallet Monday.
Police used a sting operation to arrest Martha Flores Acevedo, according to Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr.
The arrest came at 3 this morning when Acevedo met with the victim on Imperial Avenue in Calexico. The meeting had been set up by police, who had been contacted by the victim.
Neujahr declined to release the victim's name but said she is an El Centro resident.
The case began Monday, when the woman was in Calexico and noticed her wallet was missing. Neujahr said police are unsure whether she lost her wallet or it was stolen.
The woman contacted police, but at the time there was little police could do because there were no leads.
Then, the victim reportedly received a call from Acevedo, who had come in possession of the wallet, which contained money, Social Security cards, immigration cards and other possessions.