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CRIME BRIEFS: Money stolen using quick change scam

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CRIME BRIEFS: Money stolen using quick change scam | Game Stop, Smyrna, SPD, Theft, Crime, Crime Briefs, Prostitution, Murfreesboro, Chaffin Place, Kareem Wiggins, Robert Wright, Murfreesboro, MPD

In this still image from video surveillance footage, an unidentified man who allegedly scammed a clerk out of $50 walks out the door Jan. 20, 2013, of Game Stop in Smyrna, Tenn. (Photo submitted)

Smyrna police are looking for an unidentified man accused of scamming a clerk out of $50 during a Jan. 20 transaction at Game Stop, located in the 800 block of Industrial Boulevard.

The suspect allegedly entered the store and paid for a $2 game using a $50 bill. While the clerk was completing the transaction, the man pulled out another $50 bill and asked for change.

After the clerk handed the suspect the change from the transaction and for the second bill, the man fled without giving the clerk the $50 he owed to the store, according to officials with the Smyrna Police Department.

On Thursday, police released still images from video surveillance footage of the man in hopes someone will come forward and identify him.

The suspect is described as a black male who is believed to be 6 feet tall and weigh an estimated 240 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a gray, long-sleeve shirt, metal-framed sunglasses, and a set of keys hanging from a lanyard around his neck.He was last seen fleeing the area in a silver, four-door sedan.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Allan Nabours, a detective with the Police Department, at 615-267-5434.

Police apprehend alleged pimps

Two men who allegedly placed online advertisements soliciting sex for money were arrested Jan. 24 after police received a tip that they were operating a prostitution ring out of Motel 6 in Murfreesboro.

La Vergne resident Kareem R. Wiggins, 22, and 26-year-old Robert A. Wright, of Murfreesboro, are accused of pimping out an unidentified woman using www.Backpage.com, which offers free classified listings online.

When officers responded to Motel 6, located on Chaffin Place, upon being notified about the situation, they found the trio inside one of the rooms, at which point the woman admitted the accusations were true, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

The woman told police that Wiggins and Wright agreed to offer her protection and assistance for the prostitution as long as they received a cut of the revenue.

When questioned during interviews at the Police Department, both men later admitted to trying to pimp out the woman for money.

Wiggins and Wright were then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where they were each charged with three counts of promoting prostitution and booked into custody on a $15,000 bond.

They are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on the charges Wednesday, March 6, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

As of Friday, police had not released additional information as to whether the woman would face any charges in connection with the case.

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