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Man allegedly steals $20k, tries to buy kebab shop in elaborate scam



Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole $20,000 and attempted to buy a kebab shop with counterfeit cash in a money printing scam in Queensland.

According to police, the man has attempted to scam ten different businesses, including two in March, when he approached two separate owners, offering to buy their stores and telling them he could legitimately duplicate currency.

On one occasion the man allegedly tried to buy a kebab shop in Browns Plains with counterfeit cash, and then attempted to steal $50,000 from the owner.

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The man allegedly told the business owner that he could legitimately duplicate money with a special machine.

The pair communicated for a few days before the man presented two bundles of what he said was $100,000 in cash to the kebab store's owner and placed them inside the "duplication machine", police say.

He then allegedly asked the store owner to give him an extra $50,000 in cash to duplicate.

The owner of the kebab shop refused before the man became angry, and placed the "duplicated" $100,000 in cash into the safe, which the owner kept.

When the man did not return, the owner opened the safe to find counterfeit notes.

No money was stolen from the owner of the kebab shop. 

In another incident, police say the man convinced a second business owner in Logan to give him $20,000 between March 11 and March 26.

The business owner handed over the money in cash to the man in hopes he could replicate it on March 24, according to police.

The man allegedly printed $20,000 worth of counterfeit notes with a machine the police referred to as a "black box".

The replicated cash was then placed into a safe, along with another bundle of money that the alleged scammer brought himself. 

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The man then told the business owner that he can keep the safe, and said he would return with the key the following day. 

When the man did not return on March 25, the business owner cracked the safe open to find the counterfeit notes. Police say the original $20,000 was stolen by the man.

Police have released video footage of the suspect, and are asking for anyone with information to contact the authorities.

He was last seen travelling in a white Toyota Camry sedan.

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