ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say two ‘con artists’ used an old school trick to scheme a Walmart cashier out of $2,100, and she didn’t even realize it.
“It’s impressive. I mean these guys are really good,” admitted Officer Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department.
It happened on September 1 at Walmart on Carlisle Blvd NE. Two men appear to be making simple transactions, but they definitely had some tricks up their sleeves.
“He’ll purchase a small item and have $100 bill and he’ll talk to the cashier and say, hey give me $80 change and a $10 and a $5. She’ll give that money back over, he’ll hold the money and say actually can you break this down in a different way,” said Officer Drobik. “He’ll ask for money back maybe four $5’s and two $10’s, and the numbers start getting so mixed up, that all of a sudden the cashier thinks that she’s breaking change but he’s actually scheming off the top every time there’s a transaction,” he continued.
Albuquerque police say they are purposefully confusing the cashier to the point where she thinks they are making an even trade. This is the most impressive con act they have seen in a long time.
“It’s probably the biggest one the detectives here in the northeast have ever seen. Usually it’s for $100-150 and the person leaves,” said Officer Drobik.
Police also said this is one of the fastest con acts they have seen, as if it were a magic trick. From a small $4 transaction, both suspects were able to walk away with $2,100 between them. It wasn’t until the cashier was doing a final check of her register at the end of the night, that she realized she was short all that money.
Police say they are not sure if the suspects are local or if they are passing through. If you have any information on these suspects, you are asked to contact Albuquerque police immediately.