Fake coach scams 3 McDonalds restaurants

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A bogus coach with equally fake checks who scammed three McDonalds restaurants last week is being sought by state police.

The scheme has been used at three McDonalds stores, in Grove City, Titusville and Warren, police said.

The man, driving a "school styled" bus on Friday entered the Warren restaurant claiming he was a basketball coach. He ordered $50 worth of food for his team, police said.

He paid for the order with a $150 check and got his change in cash.

The check had been provided by "the school district," police said. But the draft was, in fact, not valid.

Later in the night Friday, the scam was pulled at the Titusville McDonalds, and again the next day in Grove City, police said.

The crime was not uncovered until the stores tried to redeem the checks.

State police investigators said they are aware of a possible suspect, but no arrests have been made.

Police ask that anyone aware of similar crimes report it to troopers at Warren by calling 814-728-3600.


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