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Local police department investigates short change fraud

December 12, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown Police Department wants the public to be aware of a quick change scam.

Capt. Chris Jones, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said businesses have reported two instances of the swindle on Dec. 3 and 8.

The suspect is a black man between the ages 30 and 40 wearing a black jacket and eyeglasses. He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and is between 6' and 6'2" tall.

Jones said the culprit uses doublespeak to confuse cashiers. The suspect makes off with money by making purchases while asking to trade smaller bills for $50 or $100 bills.

Surrounding communities have also has such short change artists strike, and the MPD is working with those agencies, Jones said. For sake of the investigation, Jones could not disclose which businesses the con artist hit or the amount of money stolen.

Citizens should be on the lookout for anyone wanting to change large bills. Cashiers should take care to set aside any money they are changing and take their time to count the money back, Jones said.

Jones said business owners and managers should educate their employees about this type of behavior and how to spot it. Anyone with information on these incidents should call the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5125.



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