NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Three alleged quick-change artists are accused of hitting five businesses in two counties along the Interstate 80 corridor on Tuesday.
Wayne S. Wright, 57, is charged with two counts of theft by deception in Lincoln County and one county of theft by deception in Keith County. Edward Powell, 58, is charged with two counts of theft by deception in Lincoln County, and Kelvin Bell, 51, is charged with one count of theft by deception in Keith County.
Each was being held on $10,000 bail at the Lincoln County Detention Center after scamming five businesses in Keith and Lincoln counties Tuesday night, according to a spokesperson with the Nebraska State Patrol, which assisted in the arrests.
The spree started at a business in Ogallala, continued in Hershey where three businesses were hit, and ended at a business in North Platte where all three men were taken into custody.
“Quick-change” scams typically involve a person paying for a small item with a large bill. When the cashier returns the change, the scammer will then ask for change in different denominations, but not return all of the initial change.