Deputies seek man accused of scamming Publix


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a man accused of scamming a Publix in Palm Coast.

FCSO said the man entered the store on North Ocean Shore Boulevard on Friday, May 13 around 7 p.m.

Deputies said he purchased a bottle of Coca-Cola and asked the cashier to exchange four $100 bills for smaller bills.

Store surveillance shows each time the man was given money, he asked the cashier to exchange it to purposely confuse the cashier, deputies said.

Another employee told the cashier the man had to go to the customer service desk to exchange money instead.

Before leaving the checkout line, the video shows the cashier giving the man his $400 back.

The man completed another money exchange at the customer service desk and left the store.

During the exchanges at the checkout line, the man apparently took money during each exchange, according to FCSO.

The total missing from the cash register at the checkout line is $458.

A similar incident occurred at a Publix in St. Augustine, according to Publix's Loss Prevention division.

If you have any information about this man or know of similar cases, contact Deputy Gerald Ditolla at (386) 313-4911 or email gditolla@flaglersheriff.com regarding case #16-43589.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS and remain anonymous. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.