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Fake calls precede thefts at local stores

CARROLLTON, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Six local convenience stores have been hit by a creative scam which tries to convince clerks to willingly hand over all of their cash. 

Stores from Carrollton, Kentucky to Greendale, Indiana have been targeted and at least one store lost around $5,000.  Tonya Perkins was working at the exit 62 truck plaza in Glencoe Saturday afternoon when she got a strange phone call.  It was from a guy who claimed to own the store and asked her to bag up all the cash in the register and in the store safe.

"He said that his nephew was going to be here in like the 28 minutes to get to the bank," Perkins said.
Perkins was suspicious.  She stayed on the phone with him until a guy in a Reds ball cap showed up to get the money.  She handed him the phone and it all unraveled.  He left with nothing. The sheriff believed the guy on the phone was a man who'd been in the store's "Yum Yum Stop" restaurant a few minutes earlier.  He had been asking questions about the owners.  They think the two came and went in a Cadillac.
Less than 24 hours later, the same scam was pulled at an Ameristop in Greendale.  The guy who showed up resembled one of the Glencoe suspects.  That time, the clerk fell for it and gave a white, male suspect around $4,700 in cash.

Local 12 ran the surveillance photos from the Greendale robbery Tuesday night.  Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale was watching and made the connection.  More connections followed.

Sheriff Neale said, "After we found out about the Greendale situation.  Then we were also aware of at least five other locations within a 30 mile radius of our location here in Glencoe."
The Kentucky State Police sent out an alert.  No force was used in any of the attempted robberies.  Only Greendale got duped.  Similar scams were tried in Carroll County, Trimble County and Owen County.  They all happened last Saturday.
Since the photos have gone out, the Greendale police said they've received about 25 tips and have identified a person of interest.  No arrests have been made.
Even though no money was taken at the other stores, the men could still face criminal charges if caught.

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