Coin scam artist busted in McCulloch

Using less than $50 in coins, a Houston man’s efforts to defraud and steal more than $500 in goods and services ended in Brady Friday afternoon. Chauncy Brown, 36, of Houston, was arrested by local law enforcement officials after using rolls of coins to purchase goods from the Skinny’s Convenience Store on South Bridge Street. According to Brady Police Officer Kenneth Poe, a complaint that a man had paid for his purchase using coin rolls with what appeared to be $5 rolls when in actuality, the value of the roll was $0.68. McCulloch County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Corbell stopped Brown 11 miles north of Brady on U.S. Hwy. 87. He escorted him back to the convenience store where he was identified by store clerks. In his possession at the time of his arrest, Brown had 81 rolls of pennies and 39 rolls of pennies disguised to look like dimes. The police interview with Brown revealed several other stores between Brady and Houston which Brown had defrauded. ‘We believe he passed over 150 rolls of coins at a value of over $450 between Houston and Brady,’ said Poe. ‘He had plenty of supplies to make many more bogus rolls all of which he admitted to in a signed confession. He was also driving a U-Haul truck that was a couple of days past due which the rental company was glad to have returned to them.’ ‘This is just another scam of which local merchants and retailers need to be aware,’ said Poe.

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