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Crime Trackers: Elderly man learns harsh lesson through online dating site

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TUCSON- An elderly Tucson man was at the receiving end of a hard lesson. His life savings is gone after an online date rip-off.

The website is called establishedmen.com. The advertisement says it matches rich men with “seriously hot women.”

But a 21-year-old on that site proved too hot to handle and she documented her Tucson crime spree on social media.

Pima County Sheriff’s detective Tiffany Hogate works in the burglary unit. She’s been tracking Donish Sakari Font Pitchford since November 30.

That’s when the young woman fled town on a Greyhound bus after spending one day with her 70-year-old alleged victim.

The man said he paid for her round-trip airfare from Washington State to Tucson after striking up an online conversation.

He met her at the Tucson Airport and took her back to his house. 

When he left her alone, detectives say Pitchford made herself at home to the man’s safe, filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The safe had a key and a key pad entry and both of those were in an accessible location,” Det. Hogate said.

Police said the woman, who went by the screen name of “Sakari Shegotit Pitchford,” even posted one of the money wrappers on Facebook. Det. Hogate said, “It's a $10,000 band that you can see and it's over the bed spread from his room.”

It all happened when the victim left the house to check on his business.

When he returned, he found the woman’s clothes on the bed, and his cash gone.

“He doesn't trusts banks and that's where he's always kept his money,” Det. Hogate added.

With a suitcase full of cash, News 4 Tucson was told Pitchford got on a Greyhound bus.  She rode to Sacramento and started treating herself to vacations in Vegas and Miami.

“She bought a car, she flew her friends out to Miami, she did a lot of shopping this was also over Christmas,” said Det. Hogate.

And the spending spree was documented on Facebook. 

There are pictures of Pitchford sporting expensive "True Religion" clothes, throwing $100 bills around at a strip club, attending a Lil Wayne concert and giving her boyfriend cash.

All before US Marshals brought her crime spree to an end.

Pitchford was caught with her boyfriend and mother on January 3 in Washington State.

She was arrested on a Pima County warrant.  She admitted to coming to Tucson, but claimed she had been dating the victim.

The detective said Pitchford came here to break it off, “ And didn't want to see him anymore and he was very upset and gave her the same amount of money that he said was stolen.”

As for the elderly victim, the detective added, “He didn't feel that anyone would have known that he had a safe in his home, let alone that someone would gain access to it and take all of his money.”

Pitchford was extradited to Tucson.  She’s in the Pima County Jail charged with theft.  

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