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Police: Shopper scams 4 Westmoreland Dollar General stores

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
Renatta Signorini | Tribune-Review
State police are seeking information on the identity of a man who they say has been involved in four quick-change scams at Westmoreland County Dollar General stores.
Renatta Signorini | Tribune-Review
State police are seeking information on the identity of a man who they say has been involved in four quick-change scams at Westmoreland County Dollar General stores.

A man has scammed four Westmoreland County Dollar General stores out of $2,000 in gift cards by confusing clerks while he paid for the items, according to state police.

Troopers need help identifying the man who is seen in surveillance video released Friday handing over five $100 bills and the gift cards to a clerk at the Mt. Pleasant Township store. Police said he eventually gets his money back and walks out with his cash and the gift cards.

Other stores police believe the man committed the same crime at stores in West Newton, Rostraver and Tarrs, said Trooper Stephen Limani. Authorities consider him a “professional criminal.”

“This guy’s doing sleight of hand tricks with $100 bills and taking control of the money and making the clerk believe that she had taken this money, deposited it in the register,” he said. “Then she activates the cards for $500, he walks out with the cash and the activated gift cards for $500.”

The white male suspect was wearing a baseball cap, black pants, shoes and possible a sweater vest with a blue or purple long-sleeved shirt underneath. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-832-3288.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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