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Amherst police have quick-change scammer in custody


The State Highway Patrol has arrested a woman who pulled quick-change scam at an Amherst gas station last month.

Police at the time identified the scammer, who was caught on video, as Lisa A. Fox from the Youngstown area.

Police credited good surveillance footage and an eagle-eyed clerk at Nate’s Marathon gas station at 960 N. Leavitt Road for helping them ID Fox.

The Highway Patrol alerted Amherst police on Friday that they had identified Fox during a traffic stop. She was a passenger in a 1998 white GMC truck driven by her husband.

The patrol said Fox was suspected of stealing hot dogs from Wal-Mart.

The New Philadelphia Police Department learned Fox had been in the Wal-Mart earlier that day and purchased the hot dogs with a $50 bill. She then attempted to short-change the cashier but it was not believed she was successful.

Fox was taken to the Tuscarawas County Jail and later brought to the Amherst City Jail, where she was booked on a petty theft charge.

She was then taken to the Lorain County Jail, where she is being held on $2,000 bond. She is to appear via video in Oberlin Municipal Court tomorrow morning.

Fox still has outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions, according to a news release from Amherst police.

Amherst police have said that although Fox stole only $20, they publicized the incident due to the exceptionally good video of it and in order to let other cash register attendants recognize how easy it is for these short change artists to pocket money.

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