Quick-Change Con on the Loose

Here’s a Fact Finders profile of a con man at work. It’s the tale of a thief who stole money from a convenience store and was long gone before the clerk realized what had happened.

The con’s weapon was a rapid-fire tongue used to swindle a store clerk at Sapp Brothers Plaza.

The suspect told the clerk, “I gave you 49 to 51 already. So I gave you 49 and 51 for a $10 bill."

The clerk said, “I gave you this for this,” and the suspect said, “I gave you 49 and you counted and I gave you 51."

Confused? That’s the key. And the confusion takes work.

Sarpy County Detective Kevin Jones said, “I'd say he absolutely practiced this and used it multiple times, possibly in multiple different locations."

First, the suspect handed the clerk a $50 bill for a candy bar.

"So now he asks to buy the 50 back, saying he didn't mean to give it to him," Detective Jones said.

That leads to an exchange of words before money.

Suspect: “Give me five 20s.”

Clerk: “I already gave you the 50 back.”

In reviewing the case, store security expert Matt Schott said, “Here is a big mistake the clerk is making. He's got his drawer open."

Schott trains clerks for 175 stores. He said, “Don't operate with multiple bills in our hand," because quick change artists are fast with mouth and hand.

In this case, the con man walked out with an extra $50 before the clerk could sort out what happened.

Because the con is likely hitting many stores, WOWT 6 Crime Stoppers is helping the Sarpy County Sheriff get the word out.

The suspect was in a van that had another man and a woman inside. There is an in-transit tag in the windshield.

If you have any information about these people, call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 592-STOP. You can also find a link on the WOWT.com Crime Stoppers page.

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