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Lincoln police warn businesses of security investigator scam that hit Popeyes, EZ Go
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Lincoln police warn businesses of security investigator scam that hit Popeyes, EZ Go

From the What you missed this week in notable Southeast Nebraska crimes and court cases series
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Lincoln police are investigating "security investigator" scams at two local businesses over the weekend.

The first happened Friday night at the Popeyes near 27th and Superior streets.

Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said someone called the restaurant claiming to be the general manager and told employees a detective would be coming in and to give him money.

A man arrived, identifying himself as a detective, and the employee gave him a yet-to-be-determined amount of cash, Bonkiewicz said.

Police believe it may be related to a similar scam Saturday afternoon at the EZ Go at 25th and O streets. Someone called identifying himself as a “security investigator” conducting an employee theft investigation and said he needed to audit the safe deposit box.

The scammer told the employee to put all the money from the safe in a bag and that an individual would contact her with the proper code and take it to a bank to be audited. The employee complied, and when a man arrived and provided the proper code, she gave him the money, and he left with $8,700, Bonkiewicz said.

He said police are working with the businesses to obtain video.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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