Quick-change artist tries to rip off Elkhart fast food restaurants, police say

The woman wearing a blue coat allegedly confused a cashier at Wendy's on Cassopolis Street into giving her $40 more than she was owed in change Thursday evening, Jan. 19, 2017. This image was taken from a surveillance camera inside the restaurant.

ELKHART — Police say a quick-change artist made the rounds of Elkhart fast food restaurants over the past week.

Tiana Rodriguez, who works at the Wendy's on Cassopolis Street, said a woman came into the business around 8 p.m. Thursday evening and tried to bilk a cashier out of money. Rodriguez said the woman was "shoving money at the cashiers, confusing them" and made off with about $40.

The Elkhart Police Department met up with the suspect at the Arby's on the corner of Cassopolis Street and Emerson Drive around 8:25 p.m. Elkhart police spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder said the woman was trying a similar ruse there, arguing about the amount of change she was due and trying to confuse a cashier into giving extra change.

The woman got into an argument with Arby's employees, which led to them calling police. Rodriguez said the suspect visited the KFC restaurant on Cassopolis Street Thursday as well.

Snyder said police were not aware of any cash being stolen from either restaurant, so no crimes were committed and no official police reports were filed.

The woman in both cases was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black jacket and blue jeans. She was driving a dark colored BMW.

Police believe a woman successfully stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway restaurant at 315 E. Jackson Blvd. near the Martin's Super Market on the morning of Jan. 14.

Snyder said a woman wearing a gray jacket came into the business around 10:15 p.m. and asked the cashier to give change for a $50 bill. The woman repeatedly changed the bills she wanted in exchange for the $50 bill, confusing the employee into giving her more than $50 back.

Police did not have a more detailed description of the woman from Subway, but Snyder believes that case and the incidents on Thursday may have been related. 

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I give them all counterfeit bills when they do that...woot.

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