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Con artist strikes area businesses

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Several Spencer businesses fell victim to a quick change con artist on the evening of Monday, Oct. 29, according to police reports.

The suspect entered several local businesses with money in his shirt and pants pockets. He then proceeded to purchase low-dollar items, which he paid for with either a $50 bill or a $100 bill.

He talked constantly to cashiers while the transactions were taking place in order to prevent them from focusing on making the correct change. He then brought out more money to make change for other denominations.

"He went to approximately four different retail stores all over town," said Spencer Police Chief Mike Lashbrook. "Some were convenience stores, while others were larger discount stores. It is estimated that he got $50 from each store he visited.

According to Lashbrook, these types of scams are not uncommon, but it is the first Lashbrook has seen since he has been in Spencer.

"It's something people need to be aware of," he said.

The entire area has been alerted.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 250-260 pounds. He had black, graying shoulder-length hair and a tattoo on his right hand and wrist. He was wearing a flannel shirt and shorts.

Anyone seeing this person should immediately contact the Spencer Police at 262-2151.