Police searching for man who scammed Columbia bank clerk out of money

Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police are asking for the community's help with identifying and locating a man accused of swindling a bank teller out of money.

The incident happened on Tuesday, September 4 at the First Community Bank located at 1213 Lady Street.

Investigators say a man with a possible Middle Eastern accent allegedly asked one of the bank tellers to convert thousands of dollars in $20 bills into larger $100 bills. Once the exchange was made, the man then stole money out of view of the clerk and tried to exchange it back to the original smaller bills. The clerk did not count the money and performed the second exchange.

The clerk realized the error and the crime committed after the suspect left.

Anyone who may be able to identify the suspect in this crime is urged by police to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or visiting and emailing a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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