Present-Shopping Couple Swindled by Fake Toys 'R' Us Employee

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

OUTSIDE DETROIT, MI -- A couple buying toys and electronics at a local Toys 'R' Us was tricked out of their money, according to police reports.

The Inkster couple was planning on purchasing two cartfulls of goods at the Dearborn Toys 'R' Us on Saturday afternoon when they were approached by a man who claimed to be an employee of the toy store. According to the report, the man told the pair that he worked in the stock department, but could check them out at the electronics register, since the lines were so long.

The couple agreed and pulled up to the register. The man asked them for cash for the goods and said that he would start ringing them up, but that they should go find another item to take advantage of a good sale. They complied, handing him $180 in cash and leaving the man with their goods.

When they returned, the man—and their money—was gone.

A Dearborn police check of the store's surveillance video revealed that he had walked out of the store around 3:30 p.m. and left in a car. Police could not identify the make or model of the car, due to the poor quality of the video.

The couple, however, provided a description of the suspect as a black male between the ages of 50-55, standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing around 250 pounds. He had grey hair, and was wearing a tan hat, black pants and a tan Carhartt jacket over a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Police were unable to locate the man.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Marilyn Filip November 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
This sounds too stupid to be real. Why would both husband and wife leave the register with their $180 to go look for an item?
Marsha November 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Unbelievable!! People would just hand over cash without it being rung up and why does it take both of them to leave to look for an item...Had they ever been shopping before? Sorry it happen, but you know what it sounded like the con guy is smarter than them....Wake Up People!!!
City of Dearborn November 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Good one, Lee :-) I suppose it's easy to get caught up in the craziness of holiday shopping and make some bad decisions.
Rose Young-Stewart November 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
gullible people they fall for a smilin' person who has tender words...
S Warren November 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Folks have to use some common sense when shopping, not all the crooks are in the parking lots. We visited one of the National Military Parks about a month ago. While in the gift shop I picked up 8-10 items. The young man at the cash register was very chatty while ringing my items up on the cash register. It appeared that he did not scan the $35 sweatshirt and he said he had to figure the tax on his calculator as the register was malfunctioning. I paid him the amount he asked for (which was the amount I had figured in my head) and then I asked for my receipt. He said it was in the bag. It was busy so I moved to one side and looked for it. It was not in the bag. I told him I **needed** a receipt but he said it was too late and he couldn't reprint it. I walked away, waited about 10 minutes then stepped into the mgr's office and explained what happened as it sounded fishy to me. I just got a letter from them thanking me for uncovering the dishonest employee....he pocketed my $35 and no telling how much more!


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