Fenton police received a report of a quick change scam at in the 3000 block of Silver Lake Road, at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, said Chief of Police Rick Aro. The manager at the business called police, saying a man requested change for a $100 bill from a clerk, the police report said.
As the clerk began making change, the man asked for several other transactions that resulted in him scamming more than $400, Aro said. The man is described as 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a light complexion. He was wearing a green and gray, long-sleeved fleece shirt with a green winter hat, police said.
There are no reports of other businesses being scammed by the man, Aro said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fenton Police Department at (810) 629-5311. Police are attempting to obtain security video pictures to locate and identify the man, he added.
Larceny of a wallet reported
Also on Thursday, at 3:50 p.m., a man came to the Fenton Police Department to report a lost wallet. The man, 42, from North Carolina, told police he was leaving VG’s Foods in the 1300 block of North Leroy St. at 12:30 p.m., Aro said, when he believed his wallet could have fallen from his coat outside the store.
He went back and talked to the manager, who reviewed surveillance footage from the store’s system with the man, the police report said. On the footage they saw a woman walk out a few minutes after the man, bending over and picking up something that could have been his wallet, Aro said.
The woman is described as appearing to be in her mid-30s, with blonde hair in a ponytail. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall, about 140 pounds, he said, wearing a white winter coat.
The wallet was dark brown and contained a large amount of cash, including approximately 12,000 Japanese yen — worth about $140 in the U.S., Aro said.
Police ask anyone who might have picked up the wallet to return it to the police department, so they can return it to the owner, he said.
For more information on these reports, email Anna Troppens