Investigators think the same person used rolled coins to scam at least four local businesses along Jonathan Moore Pike on Columbus’ west side.
In each case, a cashier at a restaurant or convenience store received payment in the form of coins in a paper wrapper to pay for food or merchandise, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
Although higher-valued coins are placed on the two ends of each wrapper, it’s later discovered most of the coins are pennies, Myers said.
While the thefts took place in late January, an unsuccessful attempt to steal from a convenience store that had been scammed earlier was reported late Tuesday morning, he said.
Detectives are using surveillance video to compile a detailed description of the scam artist.
People with information regarding these scams are urged to contact
Det. Sgt. Tom Foust at 812-376-2642. Information can be left anonymously.