Surveillance video from inside Handy Food Store in Tampa shows a scammer making off with $300

TAMPA - A Tampa convenience store clerk was duped out of $300 by two scam artists who posed as workers with the company's corporate office. 

Hillsborough County deputies say around 6:30 p.m. on June 21, the clerk at the Handy Food Store located at 9320 East Adamo Drive in Tampa received a call from someone claiming to be from the corporate office.

The man on the phone asked the clerk if he was the only employee working.  The clerk reportedly told the man he was at the store alone.

The suspect then told the clerk that someone from a vendor was coming to drop off a key and that he would need to pay the person $475, deputies say.

The suspect asked the clerk if he knew how to do a payout and he told the suspect he did not.  The suspect allegedly walked the clerk through the procedure for a pay out and told him exactly which buttons to press. 

Deputies say the suspect also asked the clerk if he had enough money in the drawer and the clerk answered that he did not.

According to the clerk, the suspect on the phone gave him an invoice number to write down. 

Minutes later, surveillance video shows a second suspect show up and give the clerk a key.  The clerk is seen on the video giving the second suspect $300 in cash and had him sign the piece of paper with the invoice number on it. 

The suspect agreed to pick up the balance the following day, the clerk reported to police.

The suspect then left the store.

Deputies say the clerk did not get a name for either suspect and did not ask for any identification from the suspect who came into the store.

Anyone with any information about this crime or the suspects involved is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIP (8477).  You can also report tips anonymously online at or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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