Be On The Lookout, Scam Artists Working In Area

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) — Clarion-based State Police are looking for three individuals that are accused of being involved in a “quick change” scam at Carmike Theater and Walmart in Monroe Township, Clarion County.

The incidents occurred multiple times over the past two weeks and it is believed that the accused got away with several hundred dollars.

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One of the accused is described as a Hispanic or light-skinned man. A second is a light-skinned Hispanic female with blonde hair and standing between 5-feet-3-inches and 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

A third is described as a Hispanic female with dark hair and four gold teeth standing between 5-feet-4-inches and 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

The vehicles they are said to be driving include a small silver sport utility vehicle of an unknown make and a silver, four-door sedan of an unknown make.

According to CrimeStoppers, a quick change scam is when an individual targets inexperienced cashiers by paying for small priced items with a large bill ($50).

Before the cashier could give back the change the suspect would engage the cashier in a speedy series of money exchanges thereby confusing the cashier.

Quick Change 3In the confusion, the suspect would tell the cashier how much money to give back thus short-changing the cashier.

In some instances, suspect(s) work in teams of two where one of the suspects handle the money exchange while the second suspect acts as a distraction to confuse the cashier even more. Detectives say one way to avoid being a victim of the scam is to complete the transaction for the purchase then close the cash register.

If the customer is asking to exchange bills, be wary of the scam and contact your manager before engaging in further interactions.

If you are a victim of this scam, report it to the police along with a detailed physical description including clothing of the suspect(s).

Anyone who recognizes the individuals in the photos or has information related to this investigation is asked to contact Clarion-based State Police at 814-226-1710.


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