CON ARTIST Police hunt Walmart ‘magician’ who ‘stole’ $3,000 after using trick to con workers into giving him wrong change

POLICE are hunting a “magician” accused of using sleight of hand tricks to steal thousands from Walmart cashiers.

The still-at-large suspect allegedly stole a total of $2,700 over two incidents using a trick called ‘quick-changing.’

Police in Seguin, a town of around 30,000 people near San Antonio, said on Facebook: “Penn & Teller- watch out. Seguin has their very own magician on the rise.”

The police department explained how the “magician” tricks cashiers.

“Quick changing is when a suspect uses a sleight of hand trick while counting out their change to pocket money.”

“The suspect will count out the change showing the employee that he was short-changed while he uses his other hand to pocket a portion of the money,” the SPD wrote on Facebook.

Following the reported thefts and Seguin PD’s posts, police departments in FIVE other states contacted SPD over similar cases.

“Due to the amount of shares & media coverage, law enforcement agencies from Georgia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia contacted SPD regarding similar cases with our newly famous magician,” officers from SPD wrote, updating their post.

According to cops, the “magician” suspect uses the same routine wherever he goes.

Cops said it goes like this: “[He] enters a retail store (such as Walmart) to make a wire transfer or return a high-value item.

“When the cashier gives the cash to the suspect, he claims he was not given the proper change back.

“The suspect begins counting the change back while palming the rest.

“While counting the change back, the suspect uses various distraction techniques on the cashier.”

To some, this trick is nothing new.

Commenting on SPD’s Facebook post, Donald Lee Walter wrote: “This is one of the old cons, I’m 75 and this was happening when I was a teenager.”

With the suspect still at large, members of the public should contact Detective Schramm on 830-379-2123 with tips.

The SPD said on social media: “This investigation is currently ongoing.”

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