Dallas, GA - It’s like one of those shell games you see on the street, only this sleight of hand takes place at the cash register.
A group of suspects walks up to a cash register – some carrying large, bulky items to block the register from the view of other employees.
“They buy an inexpensive item, like gum or something small,” Corporal Ashley Henson at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office told WSB’s Pete Combs. “They pay for it with cash. Then, while the cashier has the register open, they bring out a large bill and ask the cashier to make change for that.”
The suspect chats up the cashier, confuses him and somehow winds off walking away with a whole lot of money.
“You can actually watch the surveillance video and, if you didn’t know what was happening, you wouldn’t know” that a crime was taking place, he said.
It’s happened twice now at the Wal Mart on Marietta Highway in Dallas and law officers are worried it will happen again during the holiday shopping season.
“We want to warn all retailers of these types of scams, especially with the holiday shopping season drawing near, said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. “Please tell clerks, cashiers, customer service representatives, or anyone who handles money to make sure they do not handle more than one transaction at a time.”