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Ottawa Police seek man wanted for "Quick Change Scam"

The Ottawa Police Service Fraud Section is looking for a wanted man in a “Quick Change Scam” at 8 different grocery stores in Ottawa between January 6 and 15th. The man shows up at the cashier to purchase a small item. Once the transaction is completed, he requests change for big bills confusing and interrupting the cashier as he/she is calculating the amount. He takes the money out of the cashier’s hands and starts counting it himself, placing some of the bills in his pocket while the cashier is still removing bills from the register. By the end of this “Quick Change Scam”, he has defrauded a significant amount from the unsuspecting cashier. The suspect has been identified by police as 47-year-old Christian Tygesen of London, Ontario. He is facing a total of 16 charges including Fraud and Proceeds of crime under $5000. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Fraud Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5492. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

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