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St. Paul man identified as likely scam artist

A man that has been frequenting Hudson stores in recent weeks asking people for gas money appears to have been identified.

Police caught up with the 29-year-old St. Paul man at Family Fresh Market after an employee of Hudson County Market reported that he had been there asking for money.

The County Market employee notified the police of the activity shortly after noon on Saturday, April 27. The employee was able to provide authorities with the Minnesota license plate numbers of the car the scam artist was driving.

About 20 minutes later, a Hudson police officer located the subject at Family Fresh Market.

The man told the officer that he was recently fired from his job and was asking people for money to support himself, according to a police report.

The officer told the man not to ask shoppers for money, and said he could be arrested for trespassing if he came back to the store after being asked to leave.

The man isn't being identified by the Star-Observer because he wasn't charged with an offense.

He was reported to be wearing a black Jimmy John's sweatshirt and sunglasses.

The manager of the Hudson Jimmy John's sandwich shop has said the man wasn't an employee there.

In recent weeks, several people have reported being approached inside a Hudson store by a young white man in Jimmy John's clothing asking for $20. The man's story was that he had run out of gas and needed to get to work.

He said a gas station wouldn't let him use a can for refueling without a deposit.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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