News Brief for April 27

Scammer tricks clerks changing fifty dollar bills

Nanaimo RCMP is warning business owners of a “quick change” scammer targeting central Island businesses.

One male is believed to be responsible for a number of reported incidents.

Mounties were contacted by a business owner on Monday, April 18, who reported a man came into the business and made a small purchase with a $50 Canadian bill, said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The suspect then asked for a specific combination of bills as change. While the cashier was getting the denominations, the suspect changed his mind and asked for a different combination. He did this several times to confuse the clerk. Using this method, the suspect has, on several occasions, walked away with much more than his original $50, O’Brien said.

Ladysmith RCMP has reported similar occurrences April 12-17. Investigators believe the same person is involved.

The suspect is white, approximately six feet tall, 250 pounds, in his late 30s, to early 40s, with short brown hair and receding hairline. He also has a small tattoo on the right side of his neck.

If you have information on the identity of the suspect, please call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit your tip online to www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.