Short-change scammer makes off with $1,700 in Sun Prairie

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — Sun Prairie police are on the lookout for a short-change artist who scammed a local bank out of $1,700.

The scammer is described as a white female, late 30s to early 40s, about 5’2″ possibly 150 pounds, according to police.

Witnesses told police the scammer had a round face, her eyes were dark brown and all four of her eye teeth were outlined in gold. She also had extremely bad breath, according to a Sun Prairie Police Department news release.

She was wearing a dark-colored stocking cap and was carrying a large, light gray, tote-style purse. She used some Spanish, and spoke with an unknown accent, but told the teller she spoke Arabic.

According to police, the woman came into Starion Financial on Grand Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Thursday with thirty-seven $100 bills asking that they be exchanged for $50 bills.

After the exchange was made she then asked for the $50 bills to be exchanged for $20 bills, according to a Sun Prairie police incident report. The bank asked for identification to make any more exchanges.

When the scammer could not produce identification, she asked for the $100 bills back, giving the stack of $50 bills in exchange.

After the suspect left, workers at the bank discovered that she snuck thirty-four of the $50 bills out of the stack, concealing them in her hand, for a loss of $1700.

Anyone who can identify this suspect or have had similar cases should contact Officer Jill Koll of the Sun Prairie Police Department.

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