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KSP issues alert about attempted gas station thefts

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Kentucky State Police have issued an alert about subjects trying to trick gas station and convenience store clerks into turning over money from the business’s cash on hand, according to information from Trooper Brad Arterburn.

The KSP bulletin describes two subjects as allegedly involved in five known instances of attempted theft in Carroll, Trimble and Owen counties that occurred July 26. 

Each time, an unknown man either calls or comes in the store to ask the clerks about the owners or managers of the gas station or convenience store, according to the alert. Later, an unknown male will call the store while posing either as an owner or a manager.

The caller then tells the clerk that an employee has been stealing money from the store, according to KSP. 

“The caller instructs the clerk to place all the cash from the store’s safes and registers in a money bag and give it to a person coming into the store to pick it up or to bring the money to the parking lot and a person will take the money bag,” the bulletin said.

The subjects have not made threats of violence, the KSP alert said.

Troopers describe the first subject as a 5-foot, 10-inch tall male in his mid-20s with short brown hair, a brown mustache and goatee and an unknown tattoo on his right arm.

During these incidents, this person wore a red Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, a blue t-shirt, blue jean shorts and red/white shoes.

The second subject is said to be about 30 years old, an approximately 6-foot-tall male with short black or brown hair with a brown goatee and mustache.

He was dressed in a black t-shirt, black and gray camouflage shorts, a silver necklace and black gym shoes.

Witnesses in Carroll County told troopers the subjects may have been in a blue minivan, unknown make and model, according to the alert. Witnesses also reported seeing a white female with bright pink hair in the vehicle.

Troopers ask that if a business had any encounters with these subjects to call the KSP Post 5 at (502) 532-6363.

Law enforcement also asked if witnesses could get good descriptions of the subjects, vehicle and license plate, but only if it could be done safely.