Texas ‘magician’ uses quick-change trick to steal nearly $3,000 from Walmart

by: Billy GatesNexstar Multimedia Cable

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SEGUIN, Texas (KXAN) — There’s a “magician” sleight of hand stealing money from a Walmart in Texas, the Seguin Police Department announced Monday.

Twice, on January 10 and February 12, police say a man used a “quick change” scheme to extort a total of $2,700 from unknown cashiers at the big-box store.

“Seguin’s next David Blaine made a stop at Walmart for a quick magic show. Unfortunately, only he knew about the performance,” the department said on its Facebook page.

The scheme to confuse cashiers has been around for years. The thief will pay for a cheap item with a large bill, requiring the cashier to return a large amount of change. The scammer then uses sleight of hand to pocket some of the money, making it look like he has been wronged. The cashier distributes the difference and the thief walks away with extra money.

The Seguin Police Department released two photos of the “magician and fashionista” taken by Walmart surveillance cameras. Police said they would like to book him “for his next magical performance” and asked anyone with information on his ID to contact Det. Schramm at 830-379-2123.


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