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Rotterdam police seek help finding alleged Walmart scammer, dancing accomplice

Rotterdam police seek help finding alleged Walmart scammer, dancing accomplice

Merchandise worth $2,000 stolen, police say
Rotterdam police seek help finding alleged Walmart scammer, dancing accomplice
Left: One suspect dances while the other runs the scam; Right: Images of both suspects
Photographer: Rotterdam Police

ROTTERDAM -- Rotterdam police are asking for the public's help in finding two men they say ran a "quick change" scam on a Walmart clerk, where one suspect danced in an apparent distraction attempt.

The incident resulted in a $2,000 loss to the store, police said.

It happened April 13 just after 5 p.m. at the Altamont Avenue Walmart, Rotterdam police Lt. William Male said Monday.

They attempted to purchase three laptops in the electronics section and paid cash, Male said. The cashier counted the money, then one of the suspects asked for the money back under the ruse that he may have given the cashier too much, Male said.

The suspect, in a gray shirt, began counting it, but could be seen putting a portion in his pocket, Male said. He then gave the cashier back the remaining amount. 

As all that happens, the second suspect starts to dance off to the side. Police released video of the man dancing and surveillance shots of the suspects' faces.

Police believe the man dancing intended to distract the clerk as the accomplice ran the scam. 

In the end, the clerk failed to recount the cash and the men got away, Male said.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the men or their identities to contact Rotterdam detectives at 518-355-7397.

 

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