Three Wanted for Scams in Madison County

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

*Update* Madison County, FL -- January 3, 2012 --

Dollar General - Busy Bee - Love's Truck Stop - Red Onion Grill

Just a few places in Madison County where scammers have struck.

Some victims said the suspects come off as nice people, until they are ready to deceive you.

"They'll buy a small amount of merchandise and they'll try to get the clerk confused as far as how much change they should give back, so they end up usually walking out with more money than what they came in with," said Gary Calhoun, Chief of Police for the Madison County Police Department.

Calhoun believes these scammers aren't from the Madison area and that they have practiced their scheme to the tee.

"For the store clerks we've tried to educate them," he said.

"Let them know that if you have someone that comes in and starts trying to confuse you, you take control of the situation."

Crime stoppers with Madison County want people with any tips to contact them via phone, text message or facebook. There is a cash reward involved. That information is below:

Phone: 973-2762 (TIPS LINE)

Text: Type in "CMC plus your message" to 274637 (crimes)

Facebook: Visit their page to view wanted fugitives and other information on requests for information and access throup app "submit tip" online.

Madison County, FL -- January 2, 012 --

Three scammers have been targeting local businesses in Madison County for over a month now.

Multiple victims said the suspects come off as nice people, but they are really just the opposite.

Madison County deputies said the two men first tried to pull a fast one on the Busy Bee convenience store and gas station off of Base Street.

"He was very persistent and tried quite a few times to get me to give him back more change than what I owed him."

Davis says they walked in, spoke to her as regular customers and tried to buy $10 worth of items with a $50 bill. Then she says they argued that they wanted their $50 bill back and extra change to go with it.

"He'll talk to you the entire time, trying to confuse you. Trying to get you to slip up and give him back more than what you owe him," Davis said.

The sheriff's office says they added a third suspect to their scheme --- a woman."

Sometime after that --- they targeted a Love's truck stop.

Across the street is the Red Onion Grill, where they got away with close to $200.

"They asked me for change and I gave them their change and all I can remember is just being really confused and thinking well what's going on here? Why do they keep asking me for change?"
said Leah Buchanon, waitress at the Red Onion Grill.

Deputies say these three people still have not been caught.

Crime stoppers with Madison County want people with any tips to contact them via phone, text message or facebook. That information is below:

Phone: 973-2762 (TIPS LINE)

Text: Type in "CMC plus your message" to 274637 (crimes)

Facebook: Visit their page to view wanted fugitives and other information on requests for information and access throup app "submit tip" online.


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  • by End Welfare on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    This is just another reason why we need to stop paying unmarried women to breed out of wedlock children. I guarantee you all three of these crooks were conceive so somebody could get a check from those government handout programs and now look at how they have turned out. They are growing up with no parenting and then turning around robbing and killing us. End welfare and a lot of this drama goes away. A lot People in those programs are in there having unwanted out wedlock children just to fraud the system and we the society are paying the consequence for paying those people to conceive children they do not want. It madness and it so easy to fix. Stop finding it.
  • by Hate Crime on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    Another hate crime. Blacks thugs are systematically tageting white business. If you had a gang of white people doing this to black businesses they would would be cahrged with a hate crime. You all would be rioting in the streets for justice. But since it is blacks doing it to whites nothing is done about it. I mean you all are just a bunch of lying, self entitle crooks. Steal from your own race. Your skin color is not why we don't like you.
  • by Dr. GaGa on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    Running a scam for money doesn't show a whole lot of ambition. It's a little like trying to steal snow in the Sahara.
  • by HMA on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    If my memory is correct, these guys look like the group that was arrested in Bainbridge a few months ago for the same thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Your Racist if you dont give them money for nothing.
    • reply
      by Hate Crime on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to
      That is exactly Right.
  • by Abe Simpson Location: Springfield on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    Ah ha! The ol' extra something from the till scam. A classic. I should know, they used to call me Grifty McGrift, I wrote the book on flim-flammin'.
  • by Smarterthanafithgrader Location: tally on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:19 AM
    This scam only works if you don't pay attention and cant add right. Pretty simple to prevent if you ask me. Well for me anyways....
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:12 AM in reply to Smarterthanafithgrader
      Right. Every cashier that falls for this needs to be removed from behind the register. Handling money is easy, just take one transaction at a time, and you won't get confused. All you have to do is give them back their original money and tell them you'll be glad to help them once they figure out what they want. If you get confused, you don't belong behind a register.
      • reply
        by Hate Crime on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:15 AM in reply to
        If you are a thug you don't belong in the store. You belong in jail.
  • by its a black thing Location: crack town on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    you wouldn't understand
    • reply
      by how smart are we on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:38 AM in reply to its a black thing
      now who was it that could not add?
  • by Rufus Location: Tally on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    How bout takin those Madison County morons off I-10--leave it to FHP. Make them try to catch these guys.
    • reply
      by Adam on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:58 AM in reply to Rufus
      Most of the "Madison County Morons" do not use I-10, many of the accidents on I-10 here involve drivers who are not from here.
  • by trash truck driver Location: fl on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    anything to keep from working.anything to get over on someone.
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