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Posted on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:08 p.m.

Saline police warn shops to watch out for woman who scammed local business

By Kyle Feldscher

Editor's note: This story has been updated while we confirm some details of this story.

Saline police are warning the local business community to be on the lookout for a woman who scammed a business out of money Friday.

According to the police report, the woman entered a downtown Saline business asking for the owner to exchange four $10 bills for two $20 bills. The owner agreed, made the transaction and the woman turned to leave the business before stopping and telling the owner he had only given her one $20 and one $1 bill, according to the report.

The owner apologized and exchanged the $1 bill for another $20 bill and the woman left the store, the report stated. Later on, the owner counted down the cash register and realized there was $20 less than there should have been in the drawer.

The owner told police the woman was white, in her late 40s or early 50s, about 5-feet tall and weighed about 110 pounds. She was wearing a light blue shirt, white capri pants and drove away in a small blue car.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scam or has information on the woman is encouraged to call Saline police at 734-429-7911.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:05 p.m.

must be the owner shorted somebody else $1...should have been $19 short, not $20

Berda Green

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

omg i hope she is caught soon


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 3:24 p.m.

The poor lady needed postage money to send the checks back to the Prince in Nigeria.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

how lucrative.

simply amazed

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

Anytime somebody wants an exchange of currency....ALWAYS ALWAYS count it out on the counter in front of that person so that both people are clear as to how much that individual gave you and how much you gave them back. Count it out and confirm. I know that especially on a busy day this may seem like a lot of effort, but it's not even sounding like she was there to do business. She was just exchanging money. That in itself is a red flag.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

Common sense should dictate your sound advice!


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:35 a.m.

This happened to me once about 20 years ago. I was a new cashier at a pharmacy. They have been doing this for ages. NEVER AGAIN!


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 5:38 a.m.

This is why you should stay in school until you complete the Third Grade...

Michael K.

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 4:51 a.m.

He should be $19 short! They were even when she turned around if he did the exchange correctly the first time. He gave her a $20, she gave him $1 back. Something does not make sense here if the story is worded correctly: "there was $20 less than there should have been in the drawer." There was one more $1 bill and one fewer $20 bills.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 4:48 a.m.

$19 short.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

"Have you got two tens for a five?"


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:52 a.m.

If you're too young to understand the reference, see


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 12:54 a.m.

Shouldn't the cash drawer be $19 short?


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 4:57 a.m.

No Mike. He gave her 2 twenties for 4 tens. They were even. She then gave him $1 in exchange for $20 leaving him $19 short.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:12 a.m.

No, because she give the 1 dollar back and he gave her another 20 dollar bill. This making the cashier 20 dollars short.