Sheriff: Gas station clerk loses $300 to fake key scam
Published: July 18, 2013
Updated: July 18, 2013 at 01:42 PM
A Tampa gas station clerk lost $300 to men who faked a call from the store's corporate office, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
About 6:30 p.m., June 21, the clerk at the Handy Food Store, 9320 East Adamo Drive, Tampa, got a phone call from someone who said they were from the corporate office, the sheriff's office said.
The caller asked if the clerk was the only one working and he said yes. The suspect then told the clerk that a vendor was going to drop off a key and that he was owed $475, according to the sheriff's office.
The suspect asked the clerk if he knew how to do a pay out and he said , "No." The caller then directed him through the procedure, telling him what buttons to press on the cash register, the sheriff's office said. When asked, the clerk told the caller he did not have enough money for the payout.
The suspect on the phone gave the clerk an invoice number to write down, the sheriff's office said. Another suspect then entered the store and gave the clerk a key. The clerk gave the second suspect $300 and had him sign the paper with the invoice number. The first suspect agreed to pick up the balance the following day.
The second suspect then left, but the clerk did not ask for any identification or a name from either suspect, according to the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office said the suspect who collected the money in the store is a white male, 22 to 29 years of age, about 5-foot-9, weighing 160 pounds with a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt with yellow design on the front, black shorts and black shoes.
Anyone with any information in the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report the tip anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).