November 20, 2011

Two Islamorada restaurants report dry cleaning scam

Islamorada – Two Islamorada restaurant managers say their employees were scammed by a man asking for reimbursement of a dry cleaning bill.

According to reports by Deputy Todd Wyatt, a man called the Green Turtle Restaurant Thursday. He said he and his wife were leaving town and he would be stopping by to be reimbursed for a dry cleaning bill. He said he and his wife dined there and a beverage was spilled on his wife’s cashmere sweater. A short time later he stopped and presented a $60.00 dry cleaning bill. He said one of the managers – he even used the manager’s name – had approved the reimbursement. He was given the $60.00 and he left. Later, it was discovered the manager whose name he used did not approve such a reimbursement.

The same thing took place on Saturday at Pierre’s Restaurant. A man fitting the same description came in at 3 p.m. and presented a dry cleaning bill for $60.00 saying a restaurant manager – again he used the manager’s name – approved reimbursement of the bill.

The suspect is described as possibly Hispanic, five foot 7 inches tall with a shaved head and he is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a white button down shirt and khaki pants.

The Sheriff’s Office would just like to make the Florida Keys business community aware of this scam. If you or your business has been the victim of a similar incident please contact the Sheriff’s Office to report it. 

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