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Warrants issued for couple in North Ridgeville 'short change' scam

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    North Ridgeivlle police are seeking Edward McClain Jr., left, and Rhonda McClain in a "short change" scam.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Warrants have been issued for a couple who accuse of pulling a “short-change” scam on a store clerk in Januray.

North Ridgeville police announced Thursday that warrants have been issued for Edward McClain Jr. and Rhonda McClain, with previous addresses in Toledo, Columbus and Michigan.

“We aren’t quite sure where they are currently,” North Ridgeville police wrote on their Facebook page. “These two won’t be able to stay away from the police for too long so we’ll catch up eventually. They’ve also got several outstanding warrants through other jurisdictions.”

North Ridgeville police asked anyone who has information on the couple’s whereabouts to call (440) 327-2191.

The duo is accused of pulling a short-change scam on a clerk at the Marc’s store at 34800 Center Ridge Road on Jan. 17. A short change or “quick change” scam involves the thieves confusing the cashier over the amount of change they should get, eventually walking away with more than they were due.

Police said the McClains were able to get away with more than $200, with Rhonda McClain acting as a lookout while Edward McClain committed the scam. The two left in a maroon Pontiac Montana, according to North Ridgeville police.

North Ridgeville police said the couple were identified by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper at the Milan Post in Erie County, who previously had arrested Edward and Rhonda McClain on a similar offense at a rest area.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @daveobrienCT.
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