LYMAN — On Jan. 26, at 11:22 a.m., the Lyman Police Department was notified of an attempted theft at the Wells Fargo Bank in Lyman.
An alert teller stopped the scam and law enforcement officials were notified. Law enforcement officials are asking for assistance in locating the two men who tried to pull the scam, if they are still in the area, and are releasing the description of the two males.
Lyman Police Chief Tom Clark said after the incident, “We called over SCSO (Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office) detectives and showed them our evidence, which we suspected had also occurred in Green River. Thus far, they have tied our suspects to 16 additional victims.”
At approximately 11:15 a.m., two adult male subjects entered the Lyman Wells Fargo Bank in an attempt to pull off a sleight of hand "Bunco" type theft.
One of the male subjects approached a teller, while the other stood behind watching. The first subject provided the teller with $4,200 in one hundred dollar bills, asking the teller to change them for 50-dollar bills.
Once the teller gave him the $4,200 in 50-dollar bills, the subject "palmed" approximately half of the stack, and gave the teller back the money stating that he wanted the $4,200 in pesos. The teller informed the subject the bank did not have Pesos, and he then asked for his original $4,200 back.
The alert bank personnel observed this sleight of hand attempt. When the bank’s assistant manager counted the returned 50 dollar-bills, it only added up to $1,800.
The assistant manager requested identification from the subject, at which point, both he and his partner ran out of the bank. In their hasty departure, the suspects left without their original $4,200 in one hundred-dollar bills and only managed to escape with $2,400 of the fifty-bills, leaving the bank with an $1,800 overage of the suspect’s money.
The assistant manager called 911 and relayed this event to Uinta County Dispatch. Bank officials couldn’t provide a description of the vehicle or direction of travel.
Suspect #1 – Adult Latino male
Approximately 5'3", approximately 25 - 30 years old
Short brown hair
Black leather jacket with unk logo (Unk color logo)
Black leather shoes
Blue and gold (gold visor) L.A. Rams hat.
Suspect #2 – Adult Latino male
Approximately 5'6", approximately 25 - 30 years old
Black leather jacket with leather sleeves and black fur collar
Black leather 3/4 pull on shoes.
If you have any information, please contact the Lyman Police Department at (307)787-6500, or the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office at (307)783-1000.