St. Cloud police say quick-change artists scamming store clerks

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ST. CLOUD, Fla. - St. Cloud police said they are on the lookout for some suspected quick-change artists.

Police said the men go into stores, make a purchase and confuse the cashiers into giving them too much money back.

Police said three different businesses have complained of being taken by the men.

According to police, in one instance a man purchased a drink for $2.13 at a Firehouse Subs on 13th Street.

Police said the man gave the cashier a $50 bill and then asked for the bill back. He then gave the cashier two $20 bills and a $10 bill.

Police said when the cashier attempted to give the man his change he confused the cashier, who then ended up being $120 short in her register. 

Police said similar incidents happened at the Publix on 13th Street and at the Meat-N-Fire Restaurant on South Narcoosee Road.

Police said the man involved in the Firehouse Subs incident is described as an older black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall with brown eyes. He was wearing a light-colored shirt and hat.

According to police, three men were involved in the incident at the Publix, where a cashier came up $60 short.

In the Meat-N-Fire Restaurant incident, a man purchased a drink and confused the cashier into giving him nearly $150 in change.

Police said they are searching for Harper Jackson, 60, wanted by Winter Garden police for the same type of crime. They suspect he might be connected to the St. Cloud thefts.

Police released images from the three incidents and ask that anyone with information please call the St. Cloud Police Department at 407-891-6700 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).