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The Lower Paxton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two theft suspects.
Police say on February 28, Lower Paxton Police were dispatched to Color Me Mine in reference to a distraction theft. According to police an employee reported that a black male entered the store and approached the register with a small piece of merchandise – which was valued at under $5. The male placed a $100 bill on the counter and as the clerk was making change, the male subtly retrieved his $100 bill. He then took the change from the cashier, the $100 bill and the merchandise and departed.
Investigators say canvassing adjacent businesses, another distraction-style theft was discovered at the Subway restaurant. Investigators say they learned as a result of interviews conducted on scene, the same suspect was identified. During this incident, however, Subway employees noticed the male retrieving the $100 bill and confronted him. The male gave a portion of the change back to the store employees before departing with the $100 bill and an undetermined amount of change.
A secondary canvass revealed a similar event at the Chipotle restaurant according to authorities. During this incident, a second black male entered the restaurant and wanted to pay for $3 worth of food with a $100 bill. The cashier took the bill from the counter and the male suddenly asked to pay for his food with a smaller denomination. The suspect then paid for his food with a $10 bill and Chipotle incurred no loss.
Based on the similar time of the incidents and the same modus operandi, police believe the suspects may be working in tandem.
Anyone with information about the identity of these individuals is encouraged to call the Lower Paxton Police Department reference case 19-0002956.