Authorities on lookout for quick-change artists

League City police are searching for two suspects who stole more than $1,000 by making a series of confusing transactions at a super store on January 13.

January 26, 2011 8:18:33 AM PST
Detectives are searching for two quick-change suspects who stole more than $1,300 through a series of confusing transactions at a super store.

The two men entered the super store in League City on January 13 and used the same tactics to confuse to steal money from the registers, according to the League City Police Department. The two men initially made a small purchase with a large denomination of money, followed by several others to make change. The series of transactions eventually confused the clerk in giving more change than should have been provided.

Detectives say one of the suspects eventually left the store with more than $1,000 in cash, and the other walked out with more than $350. They then fled the scene in a tan/brown four-door sedan.

In another incident on January 13, one of the suspects entered the Walmart located at 3506 South State Highway 6. The suspect selected a magazine and paid with a large bill. During the transaction, the suspect was able to confuse the victim employee by exchanging bills. It wasn't until later that the victim realized that the suspect had stolen $1,400.

Investigators believe the same suspect used the same scheme to steal at numerous other retailers located near Fairmont, El Dorado Boulevard, League City, and Kemah. The amount stolen by the suspect is more than $3,000.

The first suspect is described as a large black male who is approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 400 pounds. He has a full beard. The second suspect was described as a black male who is approximately 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 230 pounds.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 tips hotline or submitted online at that leads to the identification, charging or arrest of the suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message - Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.