WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A man and woman were scammed out of over $5,000 in the West Village earlier this month, according to authorities.

An unknown man approached the 21-year-old man and 20-year-old woman on Christopher Street around midnight on Jan. 14. Police said the man asked to use a phone because he was locked out of his house.

The man asked the two to send money using an app to a locksmith in exchange for cash, police said. But instead, the man used the victim’s phone to send $5,716 to an unknown account and then ran, heading south on Seventh Avenue, according to the NYPD.

Police said the suspect is around 25 to 30 years old, 5’10” and about 180 to 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/or on Twitter @NYPDTips.