Police: Man defrauds four local businesses with fake checks

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(Courtesy WPD)
(Courtesy WPD)

Williamsburg Police are still searching for a man suspected of defrauding local businesses with fake traveler’s checks.

According to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, the suspect passed fake checks to four Williamsburg businesses during a streak that lasted from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18.

The four businesses affected by the con were Yankee Candle, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill, Wythe Candy and Quirks of Art, Riley said.

At each location, the suspect used fake traveler’s checks valued at an undisclosed amount less than $100, he said.

Authorities have described the suspect as a black male, short in height, stocky build with hair in dreads.

Following last month’s incident at Quirks of Art, the business posted a video of the suspect on their Facebook page in attempt to help police locate the suspect.

“This man is passing fake traveler’s checks in the Williamsburg, VA area,” the post read. “He bullied my employee into accepting it and got away with cash and merchandise…This is wrong in so many ways, so we are offering a $500 cash reward for his arrest.”

According to Riley, York County is currently working similar cases of fraudulent traveler’s checks. The York Poquoson Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a call for comment by publication.

If the public has any information on this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331 or contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.