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police seek suspect in mastercard scam


salina journal

salina police are seeking a woman who has twice scammed clerks at convenience stores by pretending she was going to purchase a prepaid mastercard and then switching the card when the clerk’s back was turned.

salina deputy police chief carson mansfield said the woman is white, heavy set, dark-haired, in her 40s and drives a silver, four-door pontiac car.

he said that on two occasions, the woman has gone to a convenience store and told the clerk she wanted to buy a $100 prepaid mastercard, which the clerk laid on the counter. the woman then asked for cigarettes and swapped the unpurchased card for one that had already been used, mansfield said.

the woman then pretended to realize she didn’t have enough money to pay for the card and left with the stolen card in her possession, he said.

the scam first occurred at 8:40 a.m. july 28 at kwik shop, 1727 w. crawford. it was reported again at 6:53 p.m. tuesday at kwik shop, 1600 s. ninth.

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