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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Keyser PD seeks information on scam artists

  • KEYSER – Keyser City Police are looking for a couple who have scammed two local businesses with a quick-talking shell game that has twice netted them $100 or more in ill-gotten cash.
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    KEYSER – Keyser City Police are looking for a couple who have scammed two local businesses with a quick-talking shell game that has twice netted them $100 or more in ill-gotten cash.
    The pair – an African American couple who appear to be in their late 20s or early 30s and have been accompanied both times by young children – hit a Keyser restaurant Monday night. They had previously pulled the same scam two weeks earlier at a Keyser grocery store.
    According to police, the pair entered the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. Monday and paid for their food with a 50-dollar bill. They then challenged the cashier over the amount of change provided and asked to be given back their original 50. Following a series of confrontational, loud and confusing exchanges between the two and the restaurant staff, with money being passed back and forth, they eventually left with about $150 in scammed cash.
    "They work it so quick, it's a fast-talking scam," a police spokesman said.
    The previous incident occurred Nov. 23 and played out the same way. The security camera footage provided by police was from the earlier incident. In that case they got away with $100.
    "It appears to be the same people, same MO (method of operation)," the spokesman said.
    The investigation into both incidents is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Keyser City Police at 304-788-1311.

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