Fellsmere PD seeks “Short change” scam artist
“On Monday, November 11th at approximately 7:20 pm, an unknown male suspect entered the Fellsmere Sunoco located at 2 N. Broadway Street. He went to purchase a $2.00 bag of chips and left with approximately $350.00 in cash.
The suspect implemented what is commonly known as the “short change” scam. This is a ruse where someone will appear to make a small, but legitimate purchase with a large bill. Then they will attempt to confuse the casher while the cash drawer is open by making a series of exchanges for different denominations until they succeed in acquiring additional cash.
At no time during the scam will a suspect attempt to remove cash from the drawer.
According to Chief Keith Touberry this is a fairly common scam that occurs throughout the country but it is the first time he had seen it during my six years as the police chief in Fellsmere”.
The suspect is described as a heavy-set black male, approximately 45-55 years old. He has a light gray or white goatee and was wearing a white t-shirt and blue denim pants. Also, he was seen driving a light gold or cream colored 4 door sedan.
The incident was reported to law enforcement on November 15th.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Adam Dean at 772-571-1360 or 772-360-5782.
“This is a fairly common scam that occurs throughout the country but it is the first time I have seen it during my six years as the police chief in Fellsmere”. -Chief Keith Touchberry