Natchitoches Police seek public’s help to identify suspects wanted in local grocery store quick-change scam

On June 17, 2016 around 8:10 p.m., two unknown black males entered a local grocery store and began looking at several products. One of the suspects selected two bags of popcorn and proceeded to the checkout line while the other suspect distracted another cashier. During this time the suspect in the checkout line handed the cashier a $100 bill and was able to trick her into giving the $100 bill back to him by saying he wanted to pay with a smaller bill. The suspect then took $96.87 that the cashier had counted out for him and exited the store with the other suspect.

According to Crime Stoppers, “the quick change scam is when an individual targets inexperienced cashiers by paying for small priced items with a large bill ($100). Before the cashier has time to give back the change the suspect would engage the cashier in a speedy series of money exchanges thereby confusing the cashier. While confused the suspect would tell the cashier how much money to give back thus short changing the cashier. In some instances the suspects will work in teams of two where one suspect would handle the money exchange while the second suspect acts as a distraction to confuse the cashier even more. Detectives suggest to avoid being a victim of the scam only complete the transaction for the purchase then close the cash register. If the customer is asking to exchange bills be weary of the scam and contact your manager before engaging in further interactions.”

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective John Greely at (318) 357-3811. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

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