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Man swindles clerk at gas station


A clerk at a Severna Park gas station gave a man $30 for three rolls of quarters Sunday night, only to discover later that the rolls contained copper tubes with a quarter in each end.

James Vincent, 23, the clerk at Maceys Corner Exxon in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway, told police the man came in between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and handed him what appeared to be three rolls of quarters worth $10 each. Mr. Vincent had the man write his name and telephone number on each roll before giving him $30, police said.

The man wrote the name Pat Able and a telephone number that turned out to be a voice mail service under a different name before taking the money and leaving. An hour and a half later, Mr. Vincent unwrapped the rolls and found the copper tubes packed with weights and wrapped in black electrical tape.

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