Saline police say quick-change artist scammed cashier out of $100
Saline police say a man duped a grocery store clerk out of $100 by confusing her with multiple bills and claiming he was short-changed.
The man walked away with $100 from the Country Market, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., on June 23. Employees called police at about 7 p.m. after the clerk recounted the incident for managers because she realized her cash drawer was short.
She told police the man paid for roughly $5 worth of groceries with a $100 bill, and then said he’d rather pay with a $20 bill. He got change for the $20, and then asked for his $100 bill back.
After the clerk handed him the bill, he flashed her a $10 bill in the same hand and claimed she had short-changed him, reports said. She took the $10 back and handed him another $100 before he left.
He was described only as a short, heavyset black man in a suit.
Employees at two Saline eateries were victims of quick-change scam artists in early March, police said. Cathy Ann Thacker, a repeat offender with convictions for similar crimes dating back to 2007, was arrested for both crimes and has several cases pending in court.
Detective Don Lupi said it’s quite common employees don’t realize they’ve fallen victims to a larceny until long after the scam. In some cases, employees are either too embarrassed or fear ramifications from co-workers or employers if they report the incidents.
Lupi encouraged anyone to report similar activity to police as soon as possible because quick change thieves typically steal small bills and strike numerous times for a substantial payday.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Lupi at 734-429-7911 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Art Aisner is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com. Reach the news desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-2530.