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Brunswick police pursue suspected scammer

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    A photo from a security camera shows a man Brunswick police are looking for in connection with a reported scam. Anyone with information can call the Brunswick Police Department at (330) 225-9111.

    PHOTO PROVIDED

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BRUNSWICK — Brunswick police are looking for a man who has been reportedly working to scam local business owners by pretending to be a business owner himself.

The ruse involved the man, who police have not identified, claiming to own a local car wash that he managed to lock himself out of. He concocted a story about needing quick cash to hire a locksmith.

“We were actually called on April 25 at about 2:30 p.m. to Georgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza,” Brunswick police Lt. Robert Safran said Thursday. “The worker there indicated that the male in the pictures was locked out of his business. The male in the pictures claimed to be the owner of Rainforest Car Wash.”

He told the workers at the pizza shop that he needed money to pay for a locksmith up front to unlock the door to his business. He then said he would go inside the car wash, located at 3365 Center Road, and get the money to pay back the loan.

“What we are recommending to people is, obviously, don’t loan somebody money like this,” said Safran. “The fact that he’s representing himself as a business owner locked out … this is a clear scam situation.”

Dylan Bell, a shift leader at the car wash, said Thursday they learned of the scam the next day.

“We found out the day after,” Bell said. “The owner’s of Georgio’s came over here. We have a good relationship with her and she came over and asked us about it.”

Bell and the car wash staff looked at Georgio’s security footage to see if they recognized the man.

They did not.

Bell said he got about $50 from Georgio’s.

Safran said the department knows of two other businesses where the man tried the scam, but so far there are no leads.

The department has posted a photo of the suspect, which was captured from a security camera and asks that anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Sarah Merhaut at (330) 225-9111 or smerhaut@brunswick.oh.us.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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