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Police warn of cash scam

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police have warned local businesses about a scam that took place at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Al Tahoe Boulevard Saturday.

Just after 3 p.m. a man made a purchase at the pharmacy, according to a Tuesday statement from police.

The man then asked the clerk for a $100 bill in exchange for five $20 bills. The clerk took the man’s money and gave him a $100 bill, according to the statement.

The man then turned and began to walk away, before pulling out a $10 dollar bill from his waist area and telling the clerk she accidentally gave him a $10 bill. The clerk gave the man another $100 bill, causing a loss of $90 to the store, according to the statement.

The suspect left and the shortage was discovered later.

Police describe the suspect as African-American man with short black hair who is between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs between 235 and 260 pounds. The man was wearing a white T-shirt, gray pants and a gray sweatshirt with “Swamp Lager” on the front at the time of the incident.

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