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Lip-tattoed fraudster making money vanish

Cowichan RCMP are looking for this man in connection with a Jan. 26 fraud at the Duncan Liquor Plus store. - courtesy North Cowichan Duncan RCMP
Cowichan RCMP are looking for this man in connection with a Jan. 26 fraud at the Duncan Liquor Plus store.
— image credit: courtesy North Cowichan Duncan RCMP

Common sense would suggest being wary of a man with two sets of lips.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP can confirm that.

Police say that on Jan. 26 a whit male in his 50's with  lips tattooed on the right of his neck, used sleight-of-hand and verbal misdirection to fraudulently obtain $50 from the cashier at the Liquor Plus Store  at 122-127 Trans Canada Highway in Duncan.

According to an RCMP media release, the man presents a high denomination bill (in this case $50) and asks for change as well as a small purchase. Then, with some magician's misdirection and verbal wordplay, he ends up with the change, the product and the original bill.

The release states the man was wearing a black '80s-style leather jacket, glasses, and a black fedora hat with a white cloth band. In addition to two incidents in Duncan, the suspect has been connected to this type of fraud at liquor stores in Victoria and Nanaimo.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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