Thief Used Magic Trick to Con Thousands of Dollars from Walmart Employees


A thief used a magic trick to con thousands of dollars from cashiers at Walmart, police said. Seguin police said the “magician” used a sleight of hand quick-change trick to take a total of $2,700 from Walmart employees on January 10 and February 12.

The Seguin Police Department (SPD), in a March 14 Facebook post, said, “Penn and Teller – watch out. Seguin has their very own magician on the rise.”

Seguin is a city with a population of around 30,000 people near San Antonio.

“Quick changing is when a suspect uses a sleight of hand trick while counting out their change to pocket money.

“The suspect will count out the change showing the employee that he was short-changed while he uses his other hand to pocket a portion of the money.

“Both a magician & a fashionista—this individual changed for his performance and is pictured during both incidents,” the SPD added.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Detective Schramm at 830-379-2123.

Police hoped officers would receive a helpful tip about the “magician” so they “can book him for his next magic performance,” the SPD jokingly said.

In the Lone Star State, there were 461,421 cases of larceny-theft, in 2020, according to Texas government crime statistics. This was a decline of seven percent from 2019, when the state had 496,279 incidents of larceny-theft.

Walmart has experienced numerous cases where crimes have allegedly been committed, Newsweek reported.

Two women in Arizona allegedly stole $100,000 worth of items from Walmart stores. Following their arrest on June 17, Mary Garcia, 47, and Melinda Rodriguez, 38, were charged with several counts of organized theft.

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