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Forest Acres businesses warned of flimflam

Jan 20, 2011 12:15:00 PM - thestate.com
Police are looking for two men who are accused of conning three Forest Acres businesses out of about $100 each time.

The con artists, described by police as Hispanic and speaking in broken English, confuse young store clerks while purchasing small items with $100 bills, said Forest Acres police Lt. Bryant Hinson.

In the exchange over the purchases, the men walk out with the large bill they brought in, the merchandise and the change from the transaction.

“They’re netting $93 each time,” Hinson said.

The stores they hit Jan. 6 within a 45-minute period beginning at 6 p.m. are in or near Trenholm Plaza. They include McAlister’s Deli, San Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, Rite Aid and Garner’s Natural Life, according to the police report. The men failed at San Jose’s because the McAlister's clerk, the first flimflammed, alerted the restaurant, Hinson said.

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