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Saturday, October 13, 2012

$ Change Scam Investigated In Genesee

State Police are looking for information on a Theft by Deception incident that occurred back in August at the Acorn Market at 108 N. Genesee Road, in Genesee, PA

Trooper James Culvey of the Coudersport barracks said the crime occurred at 7:28 PM on August 16. An individual came into the store and purchase two slices of pizza and paid for it with a $100. dollar bill. During the transaction, the individual repeatedly requested change in different denominations, causing the employee to become confused. It was later discovered that nearly $300. was missing from the cash drawer.

The individual involved was identified as a black male, about 50 to 60 years old, with gray hair and beard, and glasses. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, and a black baseball cap. He was accompanied by a black male, about 20 to 30 years old. Both individuals left the store parking lot in a gold colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler.

This incident was just reported to troopers on Thursday, but it is a classic scam that has relieved numerous stores of their money by confusing the clerks. Trooper Culvey warns retailers to make sure their clerks aware of the scam.

Anyone with any information on the persons involved in this incident are asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

sounds to me like it is the cashiers fault i never heard of that big of a mistake making change for $100

Anonymous said...

This happened years ago when I worked in a grocery store. Lucky for us other stores would call to neighboring towns as soon as it happened and warn, "the gypsy women are back. Happened about once every summer for about 5 years.. It was amazing to see them try to cause confusion over making change.

Anonymous said...

Cashiers that can't count back change is the problem. If it wasn't for the cash register telling them how much to give back, most cashiers today couldn't do it. SAD!

Anonymous said...

Too bad schools don't teach BASIC life skills.

Anonymous said...

Too Bad Schools don't teach basic Life skills? Nooooo more like too bad parents don't teach basic life skills.

Anonymous said...

Another scam soon to happen around here is they will bump into you and steal your purse from the shopping cart or your wallet from the purse. People also MUST be careful leaving a pharmacy with a perscription bag in their in hand grab and run thieves. Happened to my Mother downstate.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with education or a lack thereof. Where does it say that the clerk was a kid? He or she may well be the same age as you people who are so quick to judge. The scam is as old as the hills. The person gets their change, asks for different denominations, and when they get it, say that it's wrong, ask for it to be corrected, say that it's still wrong and do their best to confuse the clerk. It's very hard to accuse a customer of lying about the change they were given, and these crooks are like magicians, hiding some of the bills as they are handed to them. What's sad is that people are so quick to criticize.

Anonymous said...

Must have never worked as a clerk......

Anonymous said...

has nothing to do with the clerk. this happened at a couple other stores that i have heard of as well. they talk super fast and confuse the heck out of the cashier but cashiers are taught that the customer is always right so they trust what the customer has to say.

Anonymous said...

I was a clerk and manager for many years at different stores.. Lay the cash out on the counter and if they want change for a $50.00, take the fifty and lay out 2 twentys and a $10 and continue with the process till they are done and then count the money back to them!! Simple process.. never leave your eyes off the money!!??

Anonymous said...

some stores are taught not to lay the money on the counter...in the past i have been told not to do this as a customer could grab it...not sure how acorn works but other stores in the area are like this...

Anonymous said...

What happened to personal responsibility? Give me a break. grow up and take your 300.00 lesson and dont do it again.