MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel police are warning area business owners about a scam artist who doubled his money on three occasions last week by claiming that he hadn't received correct change.
The suspect is described as being white, about 5-foot-5, in his mid-20s to late 30s with dark hair, freckles on his face and several tattoos.
The man reportedly entered The Wave consignment shop on Main Street late Thursday evening and asked the clerk to exchange two $10 bills for a $20 bill. The clerk agreed, but as the man was leaving he pulled a $1 bill out of his pocket and claimed he had been given that instead of a $20.
MCPD Lt. Kevin Ewing said the same thing happened at the Video City store and Dairy Cup restaurant, both on Main Street, on Feb. 4.
Ewing said that in both cases last Sunday the man asked to exchange two $10s for a $20 and then claimed he had been given a single.
The Video City clerk told police she told the suspect she didn't believe she'd given him the wrong change. But the man became "very pushy" so the clerk gave him another $20 and he left the store. The Video City clerk called police after the man left the store.
The man reportedly had tattoos on both arms and on his knuckles, and drove away from the businesses in a late model Ford Taurus.
"It's one of the older scams around, but it works more often than not," MCPD Chief Jeff Jackson said. "We're asking all of our local businesses to be aware of the scam and to make their employees aware of what's going on."
Jackson asks that any merchant who has contact with the suspect contact the MCPD at 357-9019.