RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield police are searching for two “persons of interest” in a scam resulting in the theft of nearly $2,000 from a local business and a bank.
According to police, two men entered a business in Copps Hill Plaza, a shopping center on Danbury Road, at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, and handed the clerk $500 in $100 bills and asked for $20 bills in return.
After the clerk compiled, they said they had changed their minds and wanted it back in $50 bills instead.
The clerk told the men that they couldn’t do that and handed back the $500 in $100 bills and the men returned the $20 bills.
It wasn’t until after the pair left that the clerk realized that only $340 had been given back, meaning that $160 was missing, police said.
Just about a half-hour later, one of the men entered a bank on Main Street and handed the teller $3,600 in $100 bills and asked for $50 bills in return, police said.
After the teller handed him $3,600 in $50 bills, the man insisted that he needed the change to be in $5 bills.
The teller told him he couldn’t do that and handed back the $3,600 in $100 bills. The individual then handed the teller the $50 bills.
It was later determined that the suspect gave back only $1,900, meaning that he had made off with $1,700, police said.
Witnesses said both of the alleged short-change scam artists had “unknown foreign accents,” police said.
Police are asking anyone with any information regarding these incidents to call the Detective Division at 203-431-2794, or their Anonymous Tip Line at 203-431-2345.