Police: New Baden scammers hit stores across metro-east

News-DemocratFebruary 4, 2014 

Scam artists who hit a pair of New Baden convenience stores over the weekend also tried their ruse at other businesses across the metro-east, according to police.

New Baden Police Chief Mike Riley said Tuesday that the suspects tried to scam cash from Moto Mart stores in Fairview Heights, O'Fallon and Swansea.

Riley said it worked in O'Fallon but not at the other two locations. That's at least two-for-five for the suspects who were successful in getting money from one New Baden store but not the other.

On Friday evening, a man filled out a job application and asked for the manager's name at the CC Food Mart at 512 W. Hannover St. and at Fairview Heights, according to New Baden Police Chief Mike Riley.

A short time later, a man called the stores, naming the manager and claiming he owed him money.

A CC Food Mart employee did not follow through on the deal, but the clerk at Kokomo Joes gave the suspect cash, Riley said.

Police said they still are asking for leads on the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the New Baden Police Department at 618-538-7741 or the Clinton County Sheriff's Department at 618-594-4555.

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