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Menomonie police looking to identify two suspects in quick change scams

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MENOMONIE (WQOW) - Menomonie police are looking to identify two men who they believe are involved in a series of quick change scams.

Police said on the evening of October 10, two unidentified black males wearing all white were involved in three quick change schemes, which are a kind of theft, at two gas stations and a retail store in the City of Menomonie. They were driving a newer white Dodge Challenger with two black stripes down each side of the car.

In all three transactions, police said they made small purchases and confused the cashier with making change for a $100 bill.

Crime prevention specialist Brenna Jasper said in a quick change scheme, scammers will try to buy a low-cost item like gum or soda with a large bill. While the cashier is trying to complete the transaction, the customer requests to pay with a smaller bill or ask a series of questions. The goal is to shortchange the cashier and take more money than what they're owed by distracting or confusing the worker.

If you think a quick change scam is happening, Jasper said stay in control and slow the process down.

"So if they give you a $100 bill, keep it right on the till. Don't put it in the register yet until you've completed the transaction," Jasper said. "And that way, you are positive as to what they have given you and what exact change they're owed."

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Detective Lieutenant Matthew Benrud at the Menomonie Police Department. He can be contacted at 715-232-2198 or Benrudm@menomonie-wi.gov 

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