Derby police warn of man pulling scams in area

Derby police are looking for a man scamming businesses in the area.

Two incidents occurred in Colwich this week, according to a news release Friday from the Derby Police Department.

In the first, the man went to a convenience store, where he paid for $20 worth of gas with a $100 bill. The clerk gave the man four $20 bills in change. The man then turned and placed one of the bills in his pocket. He told the clerk he didn’t receive correct change and the clerk gave him another $20 bill, according to the release.

In the second incident, the man went into a co-op office and asked to exchange five $20 bills for a $100 bill. The clerk placed the bill on the counter and the man handed over the five $20 bills. While the clerk was distracted, the man pocketed the $100 bill and replaced it with a $10 bill. He then asked for his five $20 bills back and the clerk, thinking she made a mistake, returned the money, the release stated.

The man is described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, balding and heavily tattooed on both arms. He was seen driving a gold Buick Century.

If anyone is approached with the scam, they are asked to call 911. Anyone with information has also been asked to call the Derby Police Department’s Investigations section at 316-788-1558 or Crime Stoppers at 316-788-TIPS, by texting TIP 217 and a message to CRIMES (274637) or by going online to