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Apparent scam artist operating in Hudson stores

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A scam artist asking for gas money appears to be operating in Hudson stores.

Saturday morning, April 12, a young white man dressed in a Jimmy John's cap and jacket approached a woman in the Walgreens store on Carmichael Drive, saying he had run out of gas and needed to get to work or he would lose his job.

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The man said a gas station had refused to allow him to use a gas can without a $20 deposit. He said he didn't have $20 and asked the woman for the money. She complied.

The manager at the Hudson Jimmy John's sandwich shop said nobody employed there matched the description of the man asking for gas money. The dark blue cap and jacket worn by the grifter didn't match the black with red trim clothing of the Hudson Jimmy John's employees.

At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, a young man in a Jimmy John's cap and jacket approached the victim's husband in the Hudson Walmart store, relating same story.

The husband confronted him, asking for his name. The man in the Jimmy's Johns clothing refused to give it, and walked out of the store.

The man who was approached had his hands full of merchandise, and didn't follow the apparent con artist out of the store.

The suspect appeared to be in his early to mid-20s and a little over six feet tall, with a medium build. He had a light complexion.

The woman who gave him the money said he had dark hair. Her husband thought it was sandy or brown.

A cashier at the Walmart store said the individual had been in the store previously and was ordered to leave after customers complained about him.

Anyone with information about the individual should call the Hudson Police Department at (715) 386-4767.

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