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Convenience store scams: Police want help finding Sean Acree
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- At least three more convenience store robberies are now on the list and tied to some bold and convincing con men.
A string of robberies and attempted robberies stretched from Tampa, Florida to Batesville, Indiana. The men and women first called the stores. They claimed to be the owners or district managers. They told the clerks to gather all the cash for deposit and then send someone to pick it up.
On Tuesday, Local 12 ran surveillance photos from Sunday's scam in Greendale. Wednesday, the Gallatin County sheriff informed Local 12 he'd seen that story and thought the same people might be involved in five attempted robberies using the same scheme in Kentucky. A tipster identified the man in the reds ball cap in the Galatin County video as Sean Acree, an 18-year-old from the west side of Cincinnati. Greendale police said it was the same guy who took $4,700 from their Ameristop. They've signed a felony warrant for his arrest but haven't found him.
Sgt. Kendle Davis of the Greendale Police said, "What we're looking to do is get help picking up Sean Acree in hopes of interviewing him to see who these other people are that are involved."
The same tipster recognized the other suspect in the Galatin County video and said his street name was "B." In the last two days, Greendale has been getting swamped with calls. Union Township police told them someone, using the same scam, walked away with $300 from the Speedway on Old State Route 74 on July 18. On July 24th, a woman pulled the same scam in Batesville. That was at a Dollar General store and $2,300 was taken.
Police weren't certain they were all connected but suspect it. Another tipster led Greendale police to surveillance video on the YouTube channel of a Tampa-area sheriff's department. It was from a $300 theft last June. Same scam. In that YouTube video Sean Acree appeared to be wearing a shirt that he also wore on his Facebook page.
That Handy Food store in Tampa was hit on June 21 last year. Police said Sean Acree posted pictures from Florida June 22 of last year. Officials really want to find him and they really want to identify the guy known as "B."
So far, this same scam has been used in the Tampa area, Batesville, Union Township, three times July 26 in Carrollton, Bedford, Ky., Glencoe, Ky. and Greendale. Nine attempts. Police said they walked away with money in four. None of the Kentucky store clerks fell for it.
Police said a woman was involved in at least one of the Carrollton scams and in Batesville, Indiana.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Sean Acree or any information about these scams, contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
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