Scam artists target New Baden businesses

News-DemocratFebruary 3, 2014 

Police are looking for bold scam artists who on Friday conned one New Baden business out of a large sum of cash and unsuccessfully attempted to do the same at least one other store.

About 5:15 p.m., a man walked into the CC Food Mart at 512 W. Hannover St. and asked for a job application. When he filled out the application, the man asked for the store manager's name and then left, according to New Baden Police Department Chief Mike Riley.

About 5:30 p.m., a man walked into Kokomo Joes at 409 E. Hannover to fill out an application and asked for the manager's name.

A short time later, a man called the stores and claimed that he had made arrangements with the manager, whom he named, and said he had made a delivery for the business to a storage facility and said he was instructed to collect cash in exchange for the keys.

An employee at CC Food Mart would not follow through on the deal. But the clerk at Kokomo Joes gave the supposed delivery man a large sum of cash, Riley said.

Police believe that at least four people are involved in the scam, Riley said. The businesses were able to retrieve surveillance photos and videos of suspects, who made no attempt to hide their identities. That makes investigators believe the suspects may not be from the metro-east.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the New Baden Police Department at 618-538-7741 or the Clinton County Sheriff's Department at 618-594-4555.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 618-239-2626.

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