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Ridgefield Police Seek Suspects In Short-Change Scams

Ridgefield police are asking the public's help in identifying this "person of interest" in the theft of $1,700 from a local bank. Police say that he, and a second man, are being sought in connection with the theft of $160 from a local business. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Police Department
Ridgefield police are asking for the public's help in identifying this "person of interest" in the theft of $160 from a local business. A second, unidentified man is being sought in this case as well, police said. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Police Department

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.

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