York Investigates Armed Robbery, ‘Flim-Flam’ Scam

September 30th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery at an upper York motel, and a separate report of a pair of scam artists at the county’s upper York Walmart.

Deputies were called to the Best Western Williamsburg Inn, located in the 200 block of Bypass Road, just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. They learned that a male described as light-skinned and about 6-feet tall with a slender build had entered the motel, then pointed a pistol at the clerks as he demanded money.

The clerks complied, according to police, and the suspect left the motel through the front door with an undisclosed amount of cash. He headed toward Waller Mill Road.

There were no injuries reported.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen something or who may know something about the robbery to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

In a separate, unrelated incident, investigators are looking into a report of a “flim-flam artist” at the upper York Walmart on Rochambeau Sept. 21.

Two men entered the store, with one heading to a cash register to purchase chapstick, and another placing a comforter on the counter to block anyone’s view of the first man’s hands. The man purchasing the chapstick kept asking the cashier for change and switching money around until he walked out of the store with $650. Both subjects also ran the same scam at the Tappahanock Walmart.

Anyone with information about these scam artists are asked to also call the Crime Line.

4 Responses to York Investigates Armed Robbery, ‘Flim-Flam’ Scam

  1. Anonymous

    September 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Warnings about this type of scam should be part of every cashier’s training. As soon as a customer starts asking the cashier to make change more than once, or does anything that causes the cashier to feel confused about the transaction, the manager should be called for assistance.
    Additionally, managers of stores that do get scammed should advise other stores to be alert for same.

  2. Anonymous

    September 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    A light skinned what? white man, black man, latin man, what?

  3. Anonymous

    September 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Police said a light-skinned male – nothing more specific.

  4. Anonymous

    September 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    EXACTLY! Once again, more incidents were a good general description is not given for the rest of us to watch out for, with that police dept. responsible for such actions!! We expect more, right?

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