POLICE are hunting a ‘magician’ accused of using sleight of hand to rob thousands of Walmart cashiers.
The still-at-large suspect allegedly stole a total of $2,700 over two incidents using a trick called “quick change.”
Police in Seguin, a town of about 30,000 near San Antonio, said on Facebook, “Penn & Teller – be careful. Seguin has his own burgeoning magician.
The police department explained how the “magician” deceives the cashiers.
“Quick change is when a suspect uses a slight sleight of hand while counting their change in pocket money.”
“The suspect will count the change showing the employee that he ran out of change as he uses his other hand to pocket some of the money,” the SPD wrote on Facebook.
Following the reported thefts and messages from Seguin PD, police departments in FIVE other states contacted the SPD about similar cases.
“Due to the number of actions and media coverage, law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia have contacted SPD regarding similar cases with our new celebrity magician. “, wrote SPD agents, updating their message.
Cops say the “magician” suspect uses the same routine everywhere he goes.
The cops said it went like this: “[He] walks into a retail store (such as Walmart) to make a bank transfer or return a high-value item.
“When the cashier gives the money to the suspect, he claims that he has not received the correct change.
“The suspect starts counting the change, while holding back the rest.
“While counting the change, the suspect uses various distraction techniques on the cashier.”
For some, this trick is nothing new.
Commenting on the SPD’s Facebook post, Donald Lee Walter wrote: ‘It’s one of the old inconveniences, I’m 75 and it happened when I was a teenager.
With the suspect still at large, members of the public should contact Detective Schramm at 830-379-2123 with guidance.
The SPD said on social media: “This investigation is currently ongoing.”
The US Sun has contacted the Seguin Police Department for comment.
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